Murray State University

Poster Title

Studying Germline Stem Cells Using the Fruit Fly as a Model Organism

Institution

Murray State University

Abstract

Stem cell biology is a promising area of research that is likely to advance medicine and human health. We are using the fruit fly Drosophila as a model system to study the germline stem cells. Germline cells are responsible for generating entirely new organisms from an early embryo. In particular, we are focusing on identification of proteins that determine stem cells and make them different from other more specialized types of cells. Furthermore, we are studying the specific genes that are also present in humans. Finally, we are exploring the pathways that stem cells use to produce energy for their development and maintenance.

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Studying Germline Stem Cells Using the Fruit Fly as a Model Organism

Stem cell biology is a promising area of research that is likely to advance medicine and human health. We are using the fruit fly Drosophila as a model system to study the germline stem cells. Germline cells are responsible for generating entirely new organisms from an early embryo. In particular, we are focusing on identification of proteins that determine stem cells and make them different from other more specialized types of cells. Furthermore, we are studying the specific genes that are also present in humans. Finally, we are exploring the pathways that stem cells use to produce energy for their development and maintenance.