Friday, May 18, 2012

Stem Cell Suicide Switch

Stem Cell Suicide Switch | The Scientist: Unlike any other known human cell type, human embryonic stem cells are primed to immediately throw themselves on the sword if they experience any DNA damage. Human embryonic stem cells form the early embryo and eventually give rise to every cell type in the body. Because of this, a rapid self-destruct mechanism activated by DNA damage may prevent potentially dangerous mutations from spreading through the developing organism, the authors concluded.

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