Listening In on Lung Cells

Harvard Medical School| Wed Sep 13 16:01:57 EDT 2017
Listening In on Lung Cells

To stay healthy, our lungs have to maintain two key populations of cells: the alveolar epithelial cells, which make up the little sacs where gas exchange takes place, and bronchiolar epithelial cells, also known as airway cells, which are lined with smooth muscle.

Stem cell scientist Carla Kim, Harvard Medical School associate professor of genetics at Boston Children’s Hospital, asked: How does a stem cell know whether it wants to make an airway cell or an alveolar cell?

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