There’s been a deafening buzz lately surrounding a new focus of epigeneticists known as the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). EMT, the gateway between normal epithelial cells and those that gain mesenchymal properties, is thought to be the point where cancer metastasis kicks off. And now a University of Hong Kong team, led by Hongping Xia reports […]
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We’re not calling the miRNA 23a,27a,24-2 cluster a bunch of biological bad-guys, but if you’re a progenitor cell hoping to one day become an osteoblast, then they aren’t exactly your best friends. A new study reveals that the miRNA 23a,27a,24-2 cluster is at the center of a regulatory network that controls osteoblast differentiation. The new […]
How can you mend a broken heart? Well if researchers at Stanford University are right, then one day all you’ll need are some stem cells and miR-499 to cure a bad case of heartache (well, at least the kind that follows a heart attack. The bad breakup kind will still be up to relationship experts […]
One of the great things about stem cells is how they seem to do just about anything. These days, stem cells have more Apps than an iPad, and in the new issue of Science we find one more: using stem cells to screen for “epigenetic disruptors”. The proposed idea is to use the built-in developmental […]
Even though the second season of The Jersey Shore takes place in Miami, the cast remain true to their ‘guido’ roots. I guess sometimes you just can’t change who you really are. The same is true for microRNA expression profiles of iPS cells. A recent review (Lakshmipathy et.al. 2010) from Ron Hart’s group at the […]