Standing strong and silent, plants are all around us, both shaping our world and responding to it. Plants can live for hundreds, if not thousands of years, continuously renewing themselves through active stem cells, yet also avoiding cancer. What lessons might we learn about our own biological potential from a closer look at their life strategies?
Dr. Dominique Bergmann is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute–Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation investigator. She is also an assistant professor of biology at Stanford University and an associate of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.