Advances in Stem Cell Biology

The New York Academy of Sciences

With the recent Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded for research on pluripotent stem cells, the Academy highlights a few of its events and resources on stem cell biology.

Last week the Nobel Foundation awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for their discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent, immature stem cells capable of developing into any type of cell in the body. Their discoveries have changed scientific understanding of cellular development and specialization, showing that cells are not restricted to unidirectional development but rather capable of being reprogrammed to an earlier, undifferentiated state. . . .

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