Monday, 8 October 2012

Stem Cells

Good news that the Nobel prize for Medicine etc has gone to two pioneers of stem cell research, John Gurdon from the UK and Shinya Yamanaka from Japan.

Wish I understood how skin cells (etc) could be 'reprogrammed'. I thought specialisation of cells was all to do with which genes are switched on or off - thousands of switches. I'm sure that's what Steve Jones said on In Our Time last month!

BTW I love the new background: light blue, very celestial.

1 comment:

  1. My rather poor understanding of what John Gurdon did was to create a method by which any cells (skin for example) could be converted into Stem cells. I think this involved adding a bit of DNA (probably via a virus). From the stem cell - other people have developed methods for various types of cell differentiation. I don't know enough about these to comment sensibly.


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