The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009: telomere/telomerase, Blackburn, Greider, Szostak

“for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase” press release The award goes to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak. The problem of telomere/telomerases is highlighting the double but strictly related aging/cancer problem space: Blackburn Lab Greider Lab Szostak Lab

Thesis live 1.1 The stem cell niche

In the live thesis building blogxperiment I edit (digest, compile, write, rewrite, delete) my ongoing doctoral thesis in blog posts and put the parts together on thesis live. The title: The physiologic role of stem cells in tissues with different regenerative potential. 1.1 Stem cells and regenerative medicine The concept of the stem cell niche… Continue reading Thesis live 1.1 The stem cell niche

Thesis live: 1.1 Turnover or Every cell has a lifespan

In the live thesis building blogxperiment I edit (digest, compile, write, rewrite, delete) my ongoing doctoral thesis in blog posts and put the parts together on thesis live. The title: The physiologic role of stem cells in tissues with different regenerative potential. 1.1 Stem cells and regenerative medicine: basic concepts /turnover: cellular turnover/ The concept… Continue reading Thesis live: 1.1 Turnover or Every cell has a lifespan

Oxygen control of stem cell niches and cell fates

Did you know that physiological normoxia generally falls in the 2-9% O2 (14.4-64.8 mm Hg) range for most adult cells in vivo? 3 remarkable exceptions are thymus, kidney medulla and most importantly bone marrow which can exist at 1% O2 (7.2 mm Hg). On the other hand, stem and progenitor cells are frequent residents of… Continue reading Oxygen control of stem cell niches and cell fates

induced Pluripotent Stem cells from a 69 year old human: the hidden story?

The successful reprogramming (dedifferentiation) of differentiated human somatic cells into a pluripotent, embryonic stem cell-like state called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) using just 4 (and recently 3) introduced transcription factors is the biggest news of current stem cell biology. In the paper published in Cell by the Yamanaka group (Takahashi et al.) the iPS… Continue reading induced Pluripotent Stem cells from a 69 year old human: the hidden story?

George Daley explains the source of Hwang’s “cloned” ES cells on Youtube

George Daley, the new president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research explains shortly the notorious case on a not embeddable (??????) YouTube video. If you are too busy to read the story, than watch it, it is 2 minutes and 13 seconds. Thanks for the video tip, Alexey Bersenev. If you have a… Continue reading George Daley explains the source of Hwang’s “cloned” ES cells on Youtube