plu·​rip·​o·​tent | \ plu̇-ˈri-pə-tənt How to pronounce pluripotent (audio) \

Definition of pluripotent

: not fixed as to developmental potentialities especially : capable of differentiating into one of many cell types pluripotent stem cells

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Recent Examples on the Web Terskikh, for his part, is working on regenerating hair from scratch using things like pluripotent stem cells. Popular Science, "We finally know why stress turns your hair white," 27 Jan. 2020 In the study, published Thursday in Science, Paşca’s team coaxed human induced pluripotent stem cells into 3-D cultures mimicking the earliest stage of two parts of the forebrain. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "“Organoids” Reveal How Human Forebrain Develops," 24 Jan. 2020 This is a limitation of embryonic stem cells and their act-alike invention, induced pluripotent stem cells. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Artificial embryos draw closer with Salk Institute work in mice," 18 Oct. 2019 These include developing tools for testing potential drugs' toxicity and efficacy, including tissue chips, 3D bioprinted organs, and induced pluripotent stem cells. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Seven years later, NIH center that aims to speed drugs to market faces challenges," 25 Sep. 2019 To grow its organoids, a team at the University of California, San Diego, used human induced pluripotent stem cells. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Lab-Grown “Mini Brains” Can Now Mimic the Neural Activity of a Preterm Infant," 29 Aug. 2019 For the new study, the researchers began by creating a ball of pluripotent stem cells, which possess the ability to develop into any type of bodily cell and tissue. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Mini-brains grown from stem cells don't think, but they do show 'complex' neural activity, researchers say," 27 June 2019 The realization led him to develop a method for creating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from mature cells. Karen Weintraub, Discover Magazine, "Cloning's Long Legacy — And Why It'll Never Be Used on Humans," 29 Apr. 2019 In one key paper from 2011, researchers studied how to reprogram adult cells to become induced pluripotent stem cells, which, like embryonic stem cells, can proliferate and mature into almost any cell type. Quanta Magazine, "Biologists Discover Unknown Powers in Mighty Mitochondria," 18 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of pluripotent

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pluripotent

Latin plur-, plus more + English potent

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“Pluripotent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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plu·​rip·​o·​tent | \ plu̇-ˈrip-ət-ənt How to pronounce pluripotent (audio) \

Medical Definition of pluripotent

1 : not fixed as to developmental potentialities especially : capable of differentiating into one of many cell types pluripotent stem cells
2 : capable of having more than one effect pluripotent activity

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