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Breakthrough in understanding how stem cells become specialized| ScienceDaily

Breakthrough in understanding how stem cells become specialized| ScienceDaily

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have made a major advance in understanding how the cells of an organism, which all contain the same genetic information, come to be so diverse. A study published today in Molecular Cell shows that a protein called OCT4 narrows down the range of cell types that stem cells can become. The findings could impact efforts to produce specific types of cells for future therapies to treat a broad range of diseases, as well as aid the understanding of which cells are affected by drugs that influence cell specialization.

Source: Breakthrough in understanding how stem cells become specialized: Pluripotency factor primes genes involved in differentiation — ScienceDaily