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The West Laboratory at ISSCR 2011: Chimeras and Tumors

The West Lab presented some of their groundbreaking research focusing on tumorigenicity and developmental aspects of chimeric pigs derived from induced pluripotent stem cells. The poster raised a number of critical questions in the field including what aspects enable some iPSCs to be chimeric competent and others are not. The…
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Paving A New Way With Pigs

Georgia Trend Magazine Jerry Grillo, September 2010 Two UGA scientists make a remarkable breakthrough Reproduction can be pressing business, fraught with challenges. But two University of Georgia scientists made a breakthrough discovery in reproduction and regeneration that has thrown open the doors to wide-ranging possibilities, including new therapies for devastating…
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We made the cover of Stem Cells and Development!

  Porcine induced pluripotent stem cells produce chimeric offspring. West FD, Terlouw SL, Kwon DJ, Mumaw JL, Dhara SK, Hasneen K, Dobrinsky JR, Stice SL. Stem Cells Dev. 2010 Aug;19(8):1211-20.   Abstract Ethical and moral issues rule out the use of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in chimera studies…
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OUR CHIMERIC PIGS IN THE NEWS . . .

CNN Health Scientists use pig embryo to create stem cells Scientists appear to have broken another barrier in stem cell research by creating a better research model to study human illnesses – a pig – actually 34 pigs. It’s an important advance for research because pigs are much more like…
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