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It has been a busy few months since we launched our Lifespan Heroes campaign on Lifespan.io, the aim of which is to help us expand the scale and scope of our activities.

June 27th saw our second monthly Journal Club, a regular live broadcast to our Facebook page where we discuss the latest scientific research papers hosted by Dr. Oliver Medvedik at the Cooper Union biotechnology lab.

The topic for the June Journal Club was the following paper: Marión, R. M., de Silanes, I. L., Mosteiro, L., Gamache, B., Abad, M., Guerra, C., … & Blasco, M. A. (2017). Common telomere changes during in vivo reprogramming and early stages of tumorigenesis. Stem cell reports, 8(2), 460-475.

The researchers here explored changes to telomeres when cells undergo in vivo reprogramming and in the early stages of cancer.

You can watch the journal club video here where Oliver reviews and discusses this recent paper.

We would like to thank everyone who turned up to support and watch the live stream and we look forward to seeing you again in July. We will shortly announce the date and research paper for the July Journal Club here, so stay tuned!

About the author

Dr. Oliver Medvedik

Oliver Medvedik, Co-founder of Genspace citizen science laboratory in Brooklyn NY, earned his Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences program. As part of his doctoral work he has used single-celled budding yeast as a model system to map the genetic pathways that underlie the processes of aging in more complex organisms, such as humans. Prior to arriving in Boston for his doctoral studies, he has lived most of his life in New York City. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from Hunter College, City University of New York. Since graduating from Harvard, he has worked as a biotechnology consultant, taught molecular biology to numerous undergraduates at Harvard University and mentored two of Harvard’s teams for the international genetically engineered machines competition (IGEM) held annually at M.I.T.
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