Sam begins this Genetic Update Conference with an overview of The Human Genome Project. He then explains the basics of coding and non-coding genes and proceeds to developments in gene control: transcription factors (“on” switches), microRNA (“off” switches) and epigenetic controls. This leads to a discussion of X-inactivation and telomeres.
The next part of the conference focuses on the revolutionary development of new stem cells: induced pluripotent stem cells or “iPSCs”. This leads into a discussion of the basic concepts of cloning and then to the rapidly changing field of therapeutic cloning—cloning used as therapy to treat or correct medical anomalies, injuries or diseases.
Sam concludes with significant advancements in replacement cell therapy and tissue engineering.
Recorded in 2014
Conference Notes and PowerPoint Slides
This video is in four parts with a run time of 3 hours: 50 minutes.
Part 1: Genome, Coding and Non-coding Genes and Gene Control (1 hr. 10 min.)
Part 2: X inactivation and Lyonization; Telomeres (40 min.)
Part 3: Stem Cells and Reproductive Cloning (55 min.)
Part 4: Therapeutic Cloning, iPSCs and Medical Applications (1 hr. 5 min.)