By adding the right concoction of ingredients, scientists can reprogram your everyday somatic cell into an induced pluripotent stem cell (IPSC) – that is, a cultured cell that has the ability to differentiate into almost any other cell type in response to specific environmental factors, similar to an embryonic stem cell.1 This innovative technology allows the study of the molecular mechanisms of early development and disease, without the ethical restrictions associated with embryonic stem cells. Not surprisingly, the possibility of utilizing induced pluripotent stem cells in the field of regenerative medicine is of important focus to many scientists. In a recent post, we touched on the potential ability of vitamins A [more…]
About Laurel Fish
Laurel Fish is an aspiring researcher currently working as a research assistant at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck University of London. Having completed an Msc in developmental neurobiology at King’s College London, Laurel has a passion for research investigating early brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders. When not in the lab, you can find Laurel practicing yoga, editing her photography or globe-trotting to lands near and far.