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Dr. Willy Lensch is Strategic Advisor to the Dean at Harvard Medical School. Previously Executive Director of the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, his experience in research, education, administration, science policy, intellectual property, science consulting, and outreach have combined to support and advance stem cell science and discovery at Harvard.

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The Stem Cell Science Round Up

Human Heart-Forming Organoids – For the first time, researchers have reproduced early human heart development in a culture dish using human pluripotent stem cells.

Bile Duct Organoids Used to Repair Human Livers – A new study has found that when transplanted into damaged mouse or human livers, cholangiocyte organoids functioned normally and repaired bile ducts.

Reversing Severe Muscle Wasting in Disease, Aging, and Trauma – Scientists have discovered a novel protein that triggers muscle stem cells to regenerate, leading to complete muscle replacement and movement in mouse models.

Deletion of Tumor Suppressor Gene Enhances HSC Self-Renewal – Deletions of the Kmt2c gene selectively protect cycling hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from differentiation without inducing HSC proliferation themselves.

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Willy Lensch