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2014-01-30 New articles we read this week

Stem cells

A young scientist in Japan has found a simple approach to make totipotent stem cells by lowering the pH.

Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature

Bidirectional developmental potential in reprogrammed cells with acquired pluripotency. Nature


  1. Raymond PA, Colvin SM, Jabeen Z, Nagashima M, Barthel LK, Hadidjojo J, Popova L, Pejaver VR, Lubensky DK. Patterning the cone mosaic array in zebrafish retina requires specification of ultraviolet-sensitive cones. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 21;9(1):e85325. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0085325. eCollection 2014 Jan 21. PubMed PMID: 24465536.
  2. Centanin L, Wittbrodt J. Retinal neurogenesis. Development. 2014 Jan;141(2):241-4. doi: 10.1242/dev.083642. PubMed PMID: 24381194.
  3. Lenkowski JR, Raymond PA. Müller glia: Stem cells for generation and regeneration of retinal neurons in teleost fish. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2014 Jan 8.  pii: S1350-9462(14)00002-0. doi: 10.1016/j.preteyeres.2013.12.007. [Epub ahead of
    print] PubMed PMID: 24412518.


  1. Hruscha A, Krawitz P, Rechenberg A, Heinrich V, Hecht J, Haass C, Schmid B. Efficient CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing with low off-target effects in zebrafish. Development. 2013 Dec;140(24):4982-7. doi: 10.1242/dev.099085. Epub 2013 Nov 20. PubMed PMID: 24257628.
  2. Roberts JA, Miguel-Escalada I, Slovik KJ, Walsh KT, Hadzhiev Y, Sanges R, Stupka E, Marsh EK, Balciuniene J, Balciunas D, Müller F. Targeted transgene integration overcomes variability of position effects in zebrafish. Development. 2014 Feb;141(3):715-24. doi: 10.1242/dev.100347. PubMed PMID: 24449846.
  3. Wang T, Wei JJ, Sabatini DM, Lander ES. Genetic screens in human cells using the CRISPR-Cas9 system. Science. 2014 Jan 3;343(6166):80-4. doi: 10.1126/science.1246981. Epub 2013 Dec 12. PubMed PMID: 24336569.
  4. Shalem O, Sanjana NE, Hartenian E, Shi X, Scott DA, Mikkelsen TS, Heckl D, Ebert BL, Root DE, Doench JG, Zhang F. Genome-scale CRISPR-Cas9 knockout screening in human cells. Science. 2014 Jan 3;343(6166):84-7. doi: 10.1126/science.1247005. Epub 2013 Dec 12. PubMed PMID: 24336571.
  5. Wu Y, Liang D, Wang Y, Bai M, Tang W, Bao S, Yan Z, Li D, Li J. Correction of a genetic disease in mouse via use of CRISPR-Cas9. Cell Stem Cell. 2013 Dec 5;13(6):659-62. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2013.10.016. PubMed PMID: 24315440.


  1. Dias BG, Ressler KJ. Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Jan;17(1):89-96. doi: 10.1038/nn.3594. Epub 2013 Dec 1. PubMed PMID: 24292232.

Gene therapy

  1. Maclaren RE, Groppe M, Barnard AR, Cottriall CL, Tolmachova T, Seymour L, Clark KR, During MJ, Cremers FP, Black GC, Lotery AJ, Downes SM, Webster AR, Seabra MC. Retinal gene therapy in patients with choroideremia: initial findings from a phase 1/2 clinical trial. Lancet. 2014 Jan 15. pii: S0140-6736(13)62117-0. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62117-0. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24439297.