Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015
A global celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship
Global Entrepreneurship Week was launched by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and is the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. It has grown to 160+ countries engaging more than 7 million people.
We're taking some time this Global Entrepreneurship Week to gain some perspective for just how global UNC really is. To get us started, here's a great visual reminder of how far reaching we really are. These are some fo the final picks for the 2015-16 Global Photography Competition at UNC-Chapel Hill. For more on the background of the competition, read here.
UNC researchers find way to force stem cells to become bone cells
By treating stem cells – which can become fat or bone cells - with cytochalasin D– the result was clear: the stem cells became bone cells.
Imagine you have a bone fracture or a hip replacement, and you need bone to form, but you heal slowly – a common fact of life for older people. Instead of forming bone, you could form fat. Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine may have found a way to tip the scale in favor of bone formation. They used cytochalasin D, a naturally occurring substance found in mold, as a proxy to alter gene expression in the nuclei of mesenchymal stem cells to force them to become osteoblasts (bone cells).