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May 24, Thu.
The iPS Cell Revolution: A Discussion with Dr. Yamanaka
Rena Yamada and Science Watcher Associate Professor Katsuyuki Sakai of the University of Tokyo Graduate School with their guest, Prof. Shinya Yamanaka
Tune in this week for a special episode of Science View.
In place of the regular Science News Watch, Leading Edge and J-Innovators segments, we bring you an in depth look at induced pluripotent stem cells, iPS cells, one of the hottest field in science today.
Prof. Shinya Yamanaka, Director Center for iPS Cell Resarch and Application (CiRA) Kyoto University
Retinal pigment epithelium cell tissue sheets made from iPS cells.These sheets were made in an effort to develop a treatment for AMD.
iPS cells are created from normal human skin cells. They possess the same potential as fertilized eggs cells, meaning they can be developed into any kind of cell in the human body. It was 5 years ago when the successful creation of the first iPS cells was announced. At first, practical application of this revolutionary new technology was thought to be 10 to 20 years away. How far has iPS cell technology come since then? How close is clinical application? What obstacles have been overcome? We talk at length in the studio with the father of iPS cells Dr. Shinya Yamanaka. Dr. Yamanaka is currently the director of the Kyoto University Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) and also the Japanese scientist considered closest to winning the Nobel Prize. He talks about his resolve, how his research has far exceeded his expectations, and how he was affected by what a patient's mother told him. Tune in!
Prof. Shinya Yamanaka
Courtesy: Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (Cira) Kyoto University
Science Watcher and University of Tokyo Associate Professor Katsuyuki Sakai
In this segment, we focus on Dr. Yamanaka the man. Considered one of the leading scientists in the world, Yamanaka currently leads a team of more than 200 researchers at CiRA. Science watcher Katsuyuki Sakai asks Dr. Yamanaka how he takes his mind off his busy schedule and also hears about what inspirational words from his mentor left a lasting impression on him.