Why stem cells can't go home again
New Horizons in Science 2008
Tuesday, 28 October Morning sessions
Speaker: Bruce Lahn
When stem cells differentiate into more specialized cells, what happens inside the cellular machinery? It's a problem that has defied easy explanation. Bruce Lahn has been looking into how genes are turned on and off during maturation of a stem cell to find out why it ordinarily cannot go back to its undifferentiated state. He will also discuss some controversial findings on brain evolution, a separate area of investigation.