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'Scrawny' Gene Keeps Stem Cells Healthy, Carnegie Institution Study



1/8/2009 8:04:39 AM

ScienceDaily (Jan. 8, 2009) — Stem cells are the body's primal cells, retaining the youthful ability to develop into more specialized types of cells over many cycles of cell division. How do they do it? Scientists at the Carnegie Institution have identified a gene, named scrawny, that appears to be a key factor in keeping a variety of stem cells in their undifferentiated state. Understanding how stem cells maintain their potency has implications both for our knowledge of basic biology and also for medical applications.

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