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Talk focuses on 'Alternatives to Embryonic Stem Cells'

Friday, May 16, 2008, 4:30 p.m. 219 Burr Hall
Markus Grompe, a faculty member at Oregon Health and Science University, will speak on "Alternatives to Embryonic Stem Cells" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, in 219 Burr Hall.

The director of the university's Oregon Stem Cell Center since it was founded in 2004, Grompe also is a professor in the departments of molecular and medical genetics and pediatrics. He is involved in the clinical care of patients with genetic diseases as well as scientific investigation.

Grompe will explore the latest advances in stem-cell research, including the impact of discoveries announced in late 2007 that adult cells can be reprogrammed to behave like embryonic stem cells, a process that opens up the prospect of new therapies without necessitating the destruction of embryos. Grompe's research focuses on childhood genetic disorders, in particular the DNA-repair disease Fanconi anemia and metabolic liver diseases.

The lecture is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and the Witherspoon Institute.

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