Protein synthesis studied in stem cells for the first time

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A new breakthrough in stem cell research has occurred, thanks to scientists at the Children's Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

The researchers claim that protein synthesis - an essential biological process - can be studied in adult stem cells. This is something that scientists have been previously unable to accomplish.

It is believed that many degenerative diseases and some cancers are linked with mutations that affect the process of protein synthesis. But experts have been unable to pinpoint why this happens.

Therefore, the team's discovery is important in improving understanding of protein synthesis and why changes in the process are linked with the development of disease.

The research built on previous work that used a modified antibiotic, called puromycin, to make it possible to see and measure the amount of protein that is being synthesized in the body.

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Protein synthesis studied in stem cells for the first time

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