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November 20, 2014

Halloween retreat showcases USC’s “scary smart” stem cell researchers

“Tin Woman” Michaela Patterson, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Henry Sucov, studies heart regeneration — with no help from the Wizard of Oz. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

“Tin Woman” Michaela Patterson, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Henry Sucov, studies heart regeneration — with no help from the Wizard of Oz. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

By Cristy Lytal

It was no tricks and all treats at the seventh annual retreat for the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, held at the university’s Davidson Conference Center on Halloween.

Center Director Andy McMahon welcomed nearly 100 researchers and encouraged them to mingle and get to “know at least two other people that you didn’t know by the end of the day.”

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November 20, 2014

Nail stem cells prove more versatile than press ons

Stem cells in a mouse nail (Image courtesy of the Krzysztof Kobielak lab)

Stem cells in a mouse nail (Image courtesy of the Krzysztof Kobielak lab)

By Cristy Lytal

There are plenty of body parts that don’t grow back when you lose them. Nails are an exception, and a new study published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reveals some of the reasons why.

A team of USC Stem Cell researchers led by principal investigator Krzysztof Kobielak and co-first authors Yvonne Leung and Eve Kandyba has identified a new population of nail stem cells, which have the ability to either self-renew or undergo specialization or differentiation into multiple tissues.

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