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Researchers Discover Key To Human Embryonic Stem-cell Potential

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September 11, 2005
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Researchers at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research working with human embryonic stem cells have uncovered the process responsible for the single-most tantalizing characteristic of these cells: their ability to become just about any type of cell in the body, a trait known as pluripotency.

This Venn diagram represents how stem-cell master regulators Oct4, Nanog, and Sox2 work together in regulating the genome. It shows the number of genes that they interact with individually, in pairs, or as a triad.
Credit: Image courtesy of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

What exactly makes a stem cell a stem cell? The question may seem simplistic, but while we know a great deal of what stem cells can do, we don't yet understand the molecular processes that afford them such unique attributes.


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