Stem cells in both embryonic and adult tissues are defined by their unique ability to balance self-renewal and differentiation such that mature cells necessary for tissue function can be generated and replaced without depletion of the stem cell pool. In this issue of Cell, report a major step forward for studying the mechanisms and regulation of such stem cell fate decisions in the blood-forming (hematopoietic) system by providing a simple and broadly applicable method to isolate these cells and to visualize them in their normal environment.

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Amy Wagers seeks to change the way we repair our tissues after an injury. Her research focuses on defining the factors and mechanisms that regulate the migration, expansion, and regenerative potential of adult blood-forming and muscle-forming stem cells.

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