Professor Thomas P. Zwaka discusses the findings and implications of research studies on stem cells. The topic is popular, as people hope stem cell therapy will ignite a breakthrough in medicine. The author provides some background on the biology of stem cells and embeds the research findings in a broader context. He even questions the relevance of foreign elements that invaded our genomes millions of years ago. getAbstract recommends this article to anyone interested in stem cell research.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why scientists are interested in pluripotent stem cells;
- Why attempts to prolong the pluripotency of stem cells have caused adverse effects; and
- How ancient elements of our genomes – normally suppressed – come into action during early embryonic development.
About the Author
Professor Thomas P. Zwaka works at the Black Family Stem Cell Institute, the Huffington Foundation Center for Cell-Based Research in Parkinson’s Disease, and the Department of Cell, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.