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Dr. Darcy Wagner is an Associate Professor in the Lung Bioengineering and Regeneration group at the Lund Stem Cell Center. Her team uses a multidisciplinary approach to understand how the extracellular environment directs stem cell behavior for endogenous and exogenous lung tissue regeneration.

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The Stem Cell Science Round Up

Reprogrammed Skin Cells Restore Sight – A new technique has been developed to chemically reprogram skin fibroblasts directly into photoreceptor-like cells. The cells restored vision when transplanted into blind mice.

Injured Adult Brain Reverts to Embryonic State – Scientists have found that injured adult neurons revert to an embryonic transcriptional state that makes them capable of regenerating.

Adipocytes Needed for Skin Repair – Researchers have found that adipocytes near injured skin promote the release of lipids that are necessary for initiating inflammation after tissue injury, and promoting repair.

Exercise Rejuvenates Old Muscle Stem Cells – Investigators have shown that regular exercise improved muscle repair and reactivated muscle stem cells by restoring Cyclin D1.

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Darcy Wagner