The table of contents for the September 2014 issue of Birth Defects Research Part C: Embryo Today: Reviews can be accessed online. Members who subscribe to BDR may access the full articles via the Teratology website using your member login information.
In this issue of BDRC are reviews that lay out a wealth of history about the remarkable neural crest cells with controversies addressed and therapeutic promise revealed. Because of their importance, neural crest cells are considered to be the 4th germ layer. These apparently nondescript looking cells paradoxically allow the embryo to become more powerful while making them more vulnerable. In unraveling the mysteries of neural crest cells, the authors take us back in time to our primordial ancestors and forward in time to the fantastic sounding future of stem cell regenerative therapies.
So what do neural crest cells do? The question might better be put, what do neural crest cells not do? There are enough intriguing roles for the neural crest cells discussed in these reviews to keep everyone glued to their seats. By everyone, I mean basic scientists including molecular biologists, biomedical engineers, cell biologists, neurobiologists, stem cell biologists, evolutionary biologists, and clinicians including pediatric cardiologists, pediatricians, nutritionists, cancer biologists, gastroenterologists, psychiatrists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, and dentists.
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