Stem Cell Research
UCSF Collaboration Helps Uncover Key Step in Stem Cell Research: May Help Solve Beta Cell Source Problem
In the July issue of Nature , a team of researchers at UCSF, Jerusalem and Portugal announced that they have identified a gene, Chd1, that is required for embryonic stem cells to keep their all-purpose, pluripotent state. By “suspending” these stem cells from their normal “dynamic” state (where they rapidly progress from undifferentiated to differentiated cells) into an “open” state (where they remain pluripotent and undifferentiated), these researchers hope to learn how cells acquire their specialized states.
On November 20th , UCSF held a panel discussion on stem cell research that was moderated by KQED Radio’s Michael Krasny, PhD. Diabetes Center researcher Matthias Hebrok, PhD joined an esteemed group of stem cell researchers to discuss the potential of stem cells to cure disease. [story]