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Research could lead to method to create stem cells from skin cells

Timothy Downing, PhD, of University of California at Berkeley, discussed his research during a poster session at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Seattle.

His research focuses on technology used to create embryonic stem cells from skin cell. The methods have been tested and were successful in trials with mice.

Specifically his research focuses on how cell repurposing is greatly effected by the biophysical microenvironment, matrix rigidity and substrate topography. Dr. Downing has been able to demonstrate a "four-fold" improvement in cell repurposing by modifying these three environmental factors. One of the benefits for this research will be the ability to substantially improve drug effectiveness in cancer treatment.

See a video interview with Downing HERE.

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