Yvonne Carts-Powell

Video: Reprogramming Cells

In Uncategorized on January 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Toe's personality by Akirsa
Remember how Claire re-grew her little toe? Somehow, the cells on her foot knew how to create new skin cells, new blood vessels, new bone, new cartilage, new flesh, and new toenail. In effect, the cells at the surface of her wound regressed into something like embryonic stem cells: capable of creating many different types of cells.

Real scientific research has been figuring out how to change adult cells into something like embryonic stem cells — called induced pluripotent cells. And Science magazine has put together a very cool short video describing the state of this research, as well as explaining why the magazine decided that this work is the major scientific advance of the year.  Take a look:

Video: Reprogramming Cells — 322 (5909): 1766b — Science.

Cool, cool, cool!

This ability to change cell programming could also tie in to how superpowers work on Heroes: I’ve speculated before that the genetic code for many superpowers is widespread among humans, but that some change in the way that genes are expressed is the key to actually having a power.

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