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10/6/2006 —

Hans R. Scholer, director of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Munster, Germany, and adjunct professor at The School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Biology, University of Pennsylvania, will discuss "Stem Cell Research: Science and Fiction" as part of the 2006 Faculty Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

Scholer's research interests are the molecular biology of stem cell pluripotency and germline development. The ultimate goal of regenerative medicine and specifically stem cell research is the development of therapies for some of humanity's most-debilitating and degenerative diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson's disease or diabetes.

Scholer's presentation will discuss why adult and embryonic stem cells are both needed for stem cell-based research if one intends to develop therapies. In addition, it will outline strategies on how to derive patient-specific stem cell lines without requiring embryos and why it is important to have human-embryonic stem cell lines with which specific diseases can be studied in the tissue culture dish.

The lecture is free to the public.

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