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  • When blank slate stem cells are exposed to a soft as opposed to a hard surface on which to grow, they begin to transform themselves into neurons, the large, complex cells of the central nervous system. Absent any soluble factors to direct cell differentiation, surface matters, according to new research from the lab of University of Wisconsin-Madison chemist and biochemist Laura Kiessling.
    Kiessling Lab/UW-Madison
    When blank slate stem cells are exposed to a soft as opposed to a hard surface on which to grow, they begin to transform themselves into neurons, the large, complex cells of the central nervous system. Absent any soluble factors to direct cell differentiation, surface matters, according to new research from the lab of University of Wisconsin-Madison chemist and biochemist Laura Kiessling.
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