User:Cher X Huang/Notebook/Research Proposal

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Project Description/Abstract

Stem cell research can be extremely useful and therapeutic in treating lots of different diseases. However, the use of embryonic stem cells (the most common form) is often controversial because it involves the use of dead fetuses for research. These fetuses are often taken from aborted pregnancies.

One way to avoid this controversy is through the use if induced pluripotent stem cells in which somatic cells are reprogrammed into cells that can have multiple fates (like embryonic stem cells). However, the induction of these stem cells is difficult and involves several factors. Research has shown that there are other molecules which may be more effective in the reprogramming of somatic cells and Vitamin C enhances the induction of pluripotent stem cells.

Perhaps there is a way to combine Vitamin C with these substitutes for factors to improve the process by which somatic cells are reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem cells.


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