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Professor to Present Stem Cell Research at Eastern

Written by Kate Harner


Willimantic, CT - Eastern Connecticut State University's Biology Department will host a lecture on stem cell research by Ren-He Xu, associate professor of genetics and director of developmental biology at the University of Connecticut. The lecture will be held at 2 p.m. on April 14 in Room 104 of the Science Building. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Xu's presentation, "Stem Cells - A Powerful Engine for Biomedical Discoveries," will focus on his research regarding human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). Xu believes that because hESCs are self-renewing and have developmental potential, they are ideal sources to generate cells that can treat certain degenerative diseases. These cells are unique because they differ from other mammalian embryos and offer scientists the opportunity to study human development. Xu is interested in hESCs because of their interactions that control self-renewal and their ability to differentiate to various cell lineages.

For more information, contact Kim Renaud at (860) 465-4369 or

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