Special EditorialsStem Cells Importance of Elucidating a Stem Cell LaboratoryThaller, Seth R. MD, FACS*; Elliot, Sharon PhD†; Arroyo, Ernesto J. MDAuthor Information *Division of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery †DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Seth R. Thaller, MD, FACS, Division of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, DeWitt-Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, Miami, FL 33136; E-mail: email@example.com Received 1 May, 2019 Accepted 15 May, 2019 The authors report no conflicts of interest. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: January/February 2020 - Volume 31 - Issue 1 - p 4-5 doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000005803 Buy Metrics Abstract Stem cells, which were initially elucidated in the 1960s, are characterized by their ability to continuously renew themselves to differentiate into multiple cellular types. For this reason, they remain the subject of intensive research, for their potential to treat certain diseases. In craniofacial surgery, tissue engineering using stem cells can be employed in various techniques. These include 3D printing, which has the potential to regenerate dental, oral, and craniofacial structures, once lost to congenital anomalies, trauma and other diseases like cancer. With the growing battery of information about stem cells and their potential translation from research to clinical practice, it is important to outline what is the basic layout of a stem cell research facility. © 2020 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.