Journal article

Harnessing pluripotent stem cells as models to decipher human evolution

Michael Dannemann, Irene Gallego Romero

FEBS JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2021


The study of human evolution, long constrained by a lack of experimental model systems, has been transformed by the emergence of the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) field. iPSCs can be readily established from noninvasive tissue sources, from both humans and other primates; they can be maintained in the laboratory indefinitely, and they can be differentiated into other tissue types. These qualities mean that iPSCs are rapidly becoming established as viable and powerful model systems with which it is possible to address questions in human evolution that were until now logistically and ethically intractable, especially in the quest to understand humans' place among the great apes, and the..

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Funding Acknowledgements

All figures were created with Both authors were supported by European Union through Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant No 810645 and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund Project No. MOBEC008. IGR was additionally supported by Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP200101552.