Discovery may make it easier to develop life-saving stem cells

17 julio 2014

Not unlike looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack, a team of researchers has found a gene that could be key to the development of stem cells — cells that can potentially save millions of lives by morphing into practically any cell in the body. The gene, known as ASF1A, is at least one of the genes responsible for the mechanism of cellular reprogramming, a phenomenon that can turn one cell type into another, which is key to the making of stem cells.