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Dr. Christopher Thomas Scott is the Dalton Tomlin Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, and a member of the Daniel L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Scott is also emeritus faculty of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics. His research centers on the ethical, legal, and social implications  of emerging biotechnologies.

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The Stem Cell Science Round Up

Renewed Funding for Stem Cell Research in California – Voters in California have passed Proposition 14, which authorizes new government funding for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Genetics and Skin Cancer Susceptibility – Children with Fanconi anemia have extreme susceptibility to squamous cell carcinoma. Using patient-derived cells, investigators identified a critical DNA repair pathway that maintains the structure and function of human skin.

Membrane Tension Regulates Exit from Naive Pluripotency – Scientists have found that a decrease in membrane-to-cortex attachment is a cell-intrinsic mechanism that is essential for stem cells to exit pluripotency.

Memory T Cells in Human Skin – Researchers identify features of human skin tissue-resident memory T cells that differ from their murine counterparts, and reveal a role for the skin environment in their long-term persistence.

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Christopher Thomas Scott