Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism (June 2012 Vol. 23 No. 6)

"The ability to isolate cells with self-renewal capacity, from adult tissues, has fueled the field of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. As discussed by MacDougald and colleagues on pages 270–277, adipose tissue stem cells (ASCs) show great therapeutic potential. However, uncertainties regarding the precise identity of ASCs and potential pitfalls such as tumorigenicity are perils that must be confronted before we can fully develop the promises of ASCs. The cover image depicts the battle between the promises (good) and the perils (bad) of ASCs. Cover image prepared by William P. Cawthorn." -Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism