Stem Cell Research Memo

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My field of study here at Centennial College is Biotechnology. While conducting this research memo, I have learned about the following: the miniature heart formed by stem cells were grown back in August 2013. Since then Dr. Bruce Conklin, a physician and stem cell biologist at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco, along with researchers from UC Berkeley developed miniscule beating hearts using human induced stem cells which were seeded with pluripotent stem cells. These are essentially skin cells that have been genetically reprogrammed to a blank slate state. By adding a cocktail of chemical cues, the researchers were able to prompt them to differentiate into different cardiac cell types, including heart muscle

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