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'Scrawny' gene keeps stem cells healthy
Date:1/6/2009

p>While the scrawny gene has so far only been identified in fruit flies, very similar genes that may carry out the same function are known to be present in all multicellular organisms, including humans. The results of this study are an important step forward in stem cell research. "This new understanding of the role played by scrawny may make it easier to expand stem cell populations in culture, and to direct stem cell differentiation in desired directions," says Spradling.


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Contact: Allan Spradling
spradling@ciwemb.edu
410-246-3021
Carnegie Institution
Source:Eurekalert

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