Local Researchers Discuss Stem Cell Research
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What do you stem from?
Our bodies contain adult stem cells that can reproduce and become other types of cells.
Chemical signals trigger stem cells to turn on some genes and turn off others. These genes transform stem cells into specialized cells with specific functions in the body.
Researchers are also exploring how to reverse the specialization process in cells. Normally once a cell has a specialized function, it stays that way. If reversed, specialized cell could be given a new function.