Scientists report on identification of on-off switch for stem cells

02/24/2005 | Forbes

Scientists say they have found a new class of gene signals that can either keep stem cells from developing into specific cell types or allow the process to go forward, a development that could lead to preserving stem cells or creating replacement organs from a patient's own stem cells. Researchers found the Pax3 gene helps maintain a reservoir of stem cells in skin cells, preventing those stem cells from becoming skin.

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