|Event Name||EMBO 2012 Germline - Immortality through Totipotency
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
|Description||What does immortality mean at the molecular, cellular, transgenerational and evolutionary level?
Most organisms have a defined lifespan, however life of a species continues and evolves via germ line from generation to generation. Recent studies show that tissue stem cells share molecular and developmental signatures with the germ line and that even fully differentiated, postmitotic cells can be reprogrammed to regain totipotency.
This EMBO | EMBL Symposium will go beyond a description of the phenomena involving stem cell behaviour, programming and reprogramming. It will bring together researchers from different disciplines, who will address fundamental questions of totipotency as they relate to evolution, development and tissue specialization.