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WGBH Forum Network; Cloning and Stem Cell Therapy: Promise, Problem, Reality

03/08/2006

Cloning and Stem Cell Therapy: Promise, Problem, Reality Rudolf Jaenisch, researcher, Whitehead Institute As they struggle to grow human embryonic stem cells, biologists continue to face basic questions about how these cells work. Scientists are just beginning to work out the internal programs and external cues that give stem cells their unique ability to become any other type of cell, remain indefinitely in the stem-cell state, and self-renew. Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch's main goal is to understand what scientists call epigenetic regulation of gene expression. This refers to the biological mechanisms that determine gene function without altering DNA sequences. In this discussion, learn how Dr. Jaenisch has uncovered alternative methods to creating embryonic stem cells.


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WGBH Forum Network
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Cloning and Stem Cell Therapy: Promise, Problem, Reality
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3050

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CLONING AND STEM CELL THERAPY: PROMISE, PROBLEM, REALITY RUDOLF JAENISCH, RESEARCHER, WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE

AS THEY STRUGGLE TO GROW HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS, BIOLOGISTS CONTINUE TO FACE BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW THESE CELLS WORK. SCIENTISTS ARE JUST BEGINNING TO WORK OUT THE INTERNAL PROGRAMS AND EXTERNAL CUES THAT GIVE STEM CELLS THEIR UNIQUE ABILITY TO BECOME ANY OTHER TYPE OF CELL, REMAIN INDEFINITELY IN THE STEM-CELL STATE, AND SELF-RENEW.

DR. RUDOLF JAENISCH'S MAIN GOAL IS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT SCIENTISTS CALL EPIGENETIC REGULATION OF GENE EXPRESSION. THIS REFERS TO THE BIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS THAT DETERMINE GENE FUNCTION WITHOUT ALTERING DNA SEQUENCES. IN THIS DISCUSSION, LEARN HOW DR. JAENISCH HAS UNCOVERED ALTERNATIVE METHODS TO CREATING EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS.

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