Rodolfa KT, Eggan K. 2006. A transcriptional logic for nuclear reprogramming. Cell. 126(4):652-5. Pubmed: 16923385


Limitations on a differentiated cell's pluripotency can be erased by nuclear transfer or by fusion with embryonic stem cells, but attempts to recapitulate this process of nuclear reprogramming by molecular means have failed. In this issue of Cell, Takahashi and Yamanaka (2006) take a rational approach to identifying a suite of embryonic transcription factors whose overexpression restores pluripotency to adult somatic cells.

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Kevin Eggan investigates the mechanisms that cause motor neuron degeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and seeks to translate new discoveries into new therapeutic options for patients.

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