The linkurl:Keystone Symposium; I?m at this week in Santa Fe is billed as being about two related subjects: the molecular mechanisms of cardiac disease and the molecular mechanisms of regeneration. And while the talks on regeneration ? that translates here roughly into stem cell therapy ? are mostly scheduled for today (Wednesday) and tomorrow, the use of stem cells to regenerate the heart is already the loud buzz at poster sessions, and is at least a whisper in talks whose subjects suggest they about pure molecular mechanisms. Take, for example, linkurl:Randall Moon,; who opened the meeting with a discussion of the role of the Wnt/beta catenin signaling pathway in zebrafish tail fin regeneration. Before you knew it, Moon had jumped very quickly to the suggestion that such a pathway might be a target for improving cardiac regeneration strategies using progenitor cells. He backed that idea with he called ?science fair...

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to more than 35 years of archives, as well as TS Digest, digital editions of The Scientist, feature stories, and much more!
Already a member?