Throughout life, the organs in the body are maintained by stem cells, which are also able to repair minor tissue damage. A better understanding of the factors that determine whether or not an immature cell develops into a stem cell may therefore be useful in the development of stem cells for therapy and transplantation. For more information, please see: • https://healthsciences.ku.dk/newsfaculty-news/2019/05/surprising-research-result-all-immature-cells-can-develop-into-stem-cells/ • http://www.intens.info/ • https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333118821_Tracing_the_origin_of_adult_intestinal_stem_cells “We have gained greater insight into the mechanisms through which cells in the immature intestines develop into stem cells. Hopefully we are able to use this knowledge to improve treatment of non-healing wounds, e.g. in the intestines. So far, though, all we can say for sure is that cells in the gastrointestinal tract have these characteristics. However, we do believe this is a general phenomenon in foetal organ development." - Prof. Kim Jensen, Biotech Research & Innovation Centre, Copenhagen University, INTENS project partner If you are interested in having your project featured in ‘Project of the Month’ in an upcoming issue, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why!