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Stem Cells at the Dawn of New Medicine: From Peas to Petri Dishes

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:00:00 EST The Embassy of the Czech Republic will bring the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017 – Gregor Mendel to a close within its premises at 6 pm on November 8, 2017, with a fascinating lecture by Dr. Hynek Wichterle of Columbia University Medical Center on Stem Cells at the Dawn of New Medicine. He will discuss in detail how Gregor Mendel’s work put us on a trajectory to the revolutionary science of today, a science that endows us with the ability to program and re-program cell identities at will, and that allows us to study human brain diseases in a petri dish, without opening the skull.   Interestingly, Dr. Wicheterle is the grandson of renowned Czech chemist Otto Wichterle, best known for his invention of soft contact lenses. More information about his discoveries will be on display in the educational exhibition Czech Scientists and Their Inventions.