Stem cell isolation

This was a groundbreaking and hugely complex invention – and has been crucial to our understanding of cancer. Ann Tsukamoto is a co-patentee of a process to isolate the human stem cell, which has led to incredible advancements in understanding the blood systems of cancer patients. The hope is that, one day, it could lead to a cure for cancer and many other diseases. Tsukamoto is directing further research into stem cell growth and cellular biology at Stem Cells, Inc., in California. And she, like the other nine women on this list, is also our new idol.

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