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Study Challenges Long-Held Assumption of Gene Expression in Embryonic Stem Cells

July 3, 2013

News thumbnail Whitehead Institute researchers have determined that the transcription factor Nanog, which plays a critical role in maintaining the self-renewal of embryonic stem cells, is expressed in a manner similar to other pluripotency markers. This finding contradicts the field's presumptions about this important gene and its role in the differentiation of embryonic stem cells. Full Story

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