In this episode, we bring on a true pioneer in the stem cell field, Dr. Sally Temple, scientific director of the Neural Stem Cell Institute. Dr. Temple discovered that stem-like cells exist in the adult brain in the late 80s and has since gone on to characterize these cells extensively. Her group has recently discovered a novel stem cell in the eye that they plan to use as a new therapy for macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness. In the science roundup we talk about everything from caffeine boosting memory, to the possibility of the Y chromosome disappearing.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Sally Temple