Friday, April 17, 2009

Study yields clue to how stem cells form

An Emory study shows some of the first direct evidence of a process required for epigenetic reprogramming between generations – a finding that could shed more light on the mechanisms of fertilization, stem-cell formation and cloning. Cell Magazine published the results of the study on nematode C. elegans in its April 17 issue.

"One of the most fundamental mysteries in biology is how a sperm and egg create a new organism. By looking at the process at the molecular level, we're gaining understanding of this basic question of life," says David Katz, lead author of the study. Katz is a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Bill Kelly, associate professor of biology at Emory and a co-author of the study.

Read more about their work in Emory Report.

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