Genes Identified as Unique to Specialized Colon Cells

Researchers at University of California, San Francisco found nearly a thousand genes that are expressed differently in different parts of the colon. The colon is constantly renewed via its own stem cells and understanding how these genes are expressed differently as the cells specialize will help understand what happens when this goes wrong as in colon cancer.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: September 25, 2007
CIRM-funded author: Cynthia Kosinski (T1-00002)

Related Information: UCSF Institute for Regeneration Medicine