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Back to Basics lecture profiles pluripotent stem cells

Jun Wu

Salk research associate Jun Wu captivated a Back to Basics audience of more than 160 people in September with his talk on harnessing pluripotent stem cells to generate functional human organs. Wu, who works in the lab of Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, explained how human pluripotent stem cells offer the hope to eradicate donor organ shortages owing to their unlimited proliferation and ability to generate any tissues in the body; however, these stem cells have yet to be harnessed to attain this goal. A lively conversation continued during the reception that followed.

The Back to Basics program is offered twice a year to the public interested in learning more about the dynamic research conducted at the Salk Institute. There is no cost to attend. For more information about the next Back to Basics event, which will be held March 22, 2016, please contact Jennifer Rothrock at (858) 500-4881 or