Aging can be a real downer, but for some individuals premature aging is a lot more serious than a few aches and pains the morning after some touch football. Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a rare and fatal genetic disorder where the victims speed through aging. It is caused by a point mutation in the […]
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There’s always something a bit “off” when you look at aging starlets who’ve had some work done. In the same way, researchers in California and Wisconsin recently found that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) generated from old somatic cells aren’t quite the same as youthful embryonic stem cells (ESCs)—the epigenetics are “off”. Sure, iPSCs and […]
Turning a cell into an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) is tricky. It turns out that blood cells have an edge—they already epigenetically resemble iPSCs. When U.S. and Chinese researchers poked around the DNA of human CD34+ cells from umbilical cord blood and adult blood, they found that the promoters’ methylation patterns looked a heck […]
Growing up, you always hear that drinking alcohol kills brain cells. According to a new report (not to mention a slow recovery from the EpiGenie New Year’s Eve Bash) there’s definitely some truth to that old adage. Researchers at Indiana University looked at alcohol’s effect on neural stem cells (NSCs) during development by running NSC […]
2010 is over, so we’ve decided to take a look back at some of the exciting non-coding RNA work that came out over the last half of the year on topics like iPS cells, miRNA sponges, cancer and biomarkers. Enjoy! miRNAs in iPS cells An important tool for stem cell research, induced pluripotent stem cells […]