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James Thomson plans to stay in Madison to study genesis of stem cells

Professor James Thomson studies stem cells in his Primate Center lab. Photo courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Madison, Wis. James Thomson avoided talking politics in a public lecture on the eve of the presidential election, explaining instead the science behind his research......

Full article >>> f Caspase 3/7, enzymes that break down proteins as part of a process called programmed cell death, in which unneeded cells are culled during normal development of the body. Yet the stem cells do not die, Thomson said, even though the Caspase levels would kill most other cells. The reason is unknown.

Once embryonic stem cells are derived in the lab and cultured, they are no longer quite li......

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Ever since President Bush forbade research using federal money on embryonic stem-cell cultures created after August 9, 2001, scientists have made few with a handful of existing cultures. The WiCell institute, where Thomson is scientific director, owns six. And though stem cells can theoretically keep growing forever, those cultures were made using old techniques that led to impuriti......

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