Center for RNA Biomedicine holds 7th annual symposium

Written by: Zoe Yeoh

Editors: Stephanie Palmer and Jennifer Baker

The University of Michigan’s Center for RNA Biomedicine hosted its 7th annual RNA symposium on March 23rd, 2023. The theme of this year’s symposium was “From Molecules to Medicines,” and it featured an impressive lineup of RNA experts who shared fascinating research on a wide range of RNA topics.

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Demystifying the origins of embryonic stem cells used in scientific research

Written by: Renee Hein

Editors: Liz Tidwell, Ryan Schildcrout, Maddie Barron

Human embryonic stem cells (ESCs) have made quite the name for themselves throughout  history, and they continue to be a buzz-worthy topic in modern society. On the one hand, ESCs serve as valuable tools for scientists studying unique aspects of human development, such as how cells create a functioning organ and why disruptions in this process can cause disease or defects. On the other hand, there are ethical concerns surrounding the use of ESCs in research, which largely center on destroying what some consider to be a potential human life. To form an opinion on the matter, however, it’s first important to understand the facts about where ESCs come from.

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