Scientists are carefully stocking the shelves of a new library — but instead of doing the educating with books, they’re hoping to spread knowledge using stem cells derived from patients with sickle cell disease.

Researchers at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Boston Medical Center are creating a new research library from the blood samples of dozens of patients with sickle cell disease from all around the world. They represent an ethnically diverse group of people, which is critical to studying a disease that disproportionately impacts Hispanic and black individuals.

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