Off topic - New "Nanog" gene

"In recognition of that power, the researchers have named the gene
"nanog," a reference to the mythological Celtic land of Tir Nan Og,
whose fairy-like residents are said to stay forever young."

Neat. :slight_smile: On another off-topic, but related note... we host another nanog site which is a bar here in NJ:


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" largely responsible for giving those cells their unique regenerative and therapeutic potential."

[Pull hair out, pull out the nearest bundle of Ethernet cable, see a therapist.. or read NANOG. Results guaranteed !]

"In doing so, the proteins precisely turn "on" and "off" other genes in that stretch of DNA..."

[Ooo !]

"..scientists have yet to identify the signal that tells nanog to turn on..."

[IP addressing discussions always raise my temperature a few degrees :)]

"In the current experiments, nanog activity was turned up or blocked with genetic techniques that so altered the cells as to make them unacceptable for use in humans..."

[Only those lacking the special NANOG cluebat]

"...once people have done a little of it, they want to do more."

[Aw yeah !]

Now back to your regularly scheduled discussions. :slight_smile:

Can't help it. I like this part:

   they have discovered a long-sought "master gene" [the nanog gene] ...
   that is largely responsible for giving those cells [the stem cells]
   their unique regenerative and therapeutic potential.

Is this the equivalent of old-school NANOGers beating up netmonkeys with a
cluebat? :wink: