This is a documentary focused on understanding the basic biology of how seemingly fully differentiated cells can be reprogrammed and changed into a different type of cell, specifically turned into an embryonic-like stem cell. These induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSCs) can potentially offer an amazing new opportunity for both basic biology and patient specific therapeutics. This movie explores how a terminally differentiated cell could be manipulated to change its cell identity, and how researchers and clinicians are planning to use IPSC better understand developmental biology and cure diseases. ©2009 Michael Barresi, Smith College.
Student authors: Yvanka De Soysa, Rebeca Dietrich, and Minna Park