Friday, June 16, 2006

Nanog of the North

It is appropriate that this discovery was made in the North.

This is a truly amazing discovery. It may be more significant in the long run than Watson and Crick. It brings up a whole host of questions that are out there underneath biology, like why we have disease and why we die. I hope to blog about the first tomorrow:
A University of Edinburgh team, writing in Nature, reports that the protein Nanog acts as a switch, turning on a host of genes which are responsible for stem cell's much-touted special properties of renewal and repair. It's hoped they will provide treatments for currently incurable conditions such as Parkinson's and spinal cord injury. The stem cells in adult tissues do not have the same breadth of potential as those found in embryos.

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