The genome of every cell in the human body is the same, regardless of function. Therefore the activity of the tissues and organs in complex diseases, cancer being a prime example, cannot be fully explained by the genome.
Part of the explanation is provided by epigenetics, defined as, "a set of chemical reactions that switch parts of the genome off and on at strategic times and locations."
In this study, researchers have isolated stem cells from body fat and transformed them into muscle and bone cells.
Read more in the IDIBELL announcement.