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The Sci-Files – 3/24/2024 – Veona Cutinho – Revolutionizing Cloning: The Power of a Single Protein in Unlocking Nuclear Transfer Efficiency


On this week’s episode of The Sci-Files, your hosts Mari and Dimitri interview Veona Cutinho. Veona works in the Cellular Reprogramming Laboratory at MSU led by Dr. Jose Cibelli. She works with zebrafish embryos and manipulates them so they can be ideal donors for cloning. These tiny embryos are perfect for studying cloning because their development is quick, easy to see, and happens outside the body! While cloning was once a big deal, it’s kind of old-fashioned now because it’s tough to get it just right. Veona and team at the Cellular Reprogramming Lab are trying to figure out what the problem is. She’s focusing on a troublemaker called H3K9me3, a protein that makes cloning less efficient. By understanding and dealing with this protein, Veona hopes to make cloning much smoother and better. It’s like upgrading an old invention to work faster and smarter!

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Mari Dowling
Mari Dowling, Sci-Files Producer and Co-Host
You can contact the Sci-Files hosts at: [email protected]
Dimitri Joseph
Dimitri Joseph, Co-Host of The Sci-Files
Dimitri is a 4th year D.O.-Phd (Pharmacology and Toxicology) student. He is currently in his second year of medical school. He started with Impact 89 FM as a volunteer DJ and is now a co-host of The Sci-Files. Outside of the rigors of the academic hustle, I enjoy consuming or creating a variety of art. "Remind yourself. Nobody is built like you, you designed yourself" - Jay Z

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