Published online Jul 26, 2013. doi: 10.4252/wjsc.v5.i3.61
Revised: May 22, 2013
Accepted: June 8, 2013
Published online: July 26, 2013
Core tip: This article discusses the effects of gene combination on cellular phenotype, demonstrating different capacities for proliferation and differentiation. Recent advances in genome technology have revealed that each cell type exhibits different gene expression patterns, suggesting that the combination of genes might represent different cellular features or phenotypes. Because cellular diversity is derived from the regulation of gene expression, it is important to investigate the genes in various cells, including differences between cell types or the processes of cell development. Moreover, because stem cells are used as therapeutics, these gene combinations should be evaluated for the assembly of cells in medicinal use.