There is epidemiological evidence that links type B coxsackie virus (CVB) infection with heart disease, and research published on July 31st in PLOS Pathogens now suggests a mechanism by which early infection impairs the heart's ability to tolerate stress at later stages of life. read more
Inside each of our hard, calcified teeth is a small population of living stem cells that can differentiate into many types of tissue. The origin of those stem cells has long been unknown, but scientists may now have a completely surprising...Show More Summary
Babies who are born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) can be successfully treated with a transplant of blood-forming stem cells, according to experts led by Memorial Sloan Kettering's Richard J. O'Reilly, MD.
Many growth factors that influence the fate of embryonic stem cells must bind to sugars attached to specific receptors on the surface of the cell to work. Because the sugars are difficult to manipulate, biochemists created synthetic stand ins that helped to identify substructures recognized by a growth factor involved in neural development.
Chris Johnson was once the most dynamic running back in the NFL. Now, following his move from the Tennessee Titans to the New York Jets, he's hoping cutting-edge medical treatment can help him return to those previous levels of production...Show More Summary
If you poke around on the internet, it isn't hard to find cosmetic products touting the benefits of their stem cells. But buyer beware: An article in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery highlights just how zany some of these claims have gotten — and just how little hard science... More »
Embryonic stem cells can develop into a multitude of cells types. Researchers would like to understand how to channel that development into the specific types of mature cells that make up the organs and other structures of living organisms. One key seems to be long chains of sugars that dangle from proteins on surfaces of cells. read more
Converting stem cell data into sounds could enable GPs to make instant, non-invasive cancer diagnoses during a routine check-up. A recent study shows how data sonification (where data is conveyed as audio signals as opposed to visual illustrations such as graphs) can improve standard techniques currently used in spectroscopy stem cell analysis. Show More Summary
There's a new case of religion making its way into public schools, where fiction is taught as fact and mythical beliefs override what academic scholars say.Except this case has nothing to do with Christianity or Creationism. It takes place in India, where 42,000 schools across the western state of Gujarat have some new compulsory reading material. Show More Summary
Advertising claims for cosmetic procedures using stem cells are running far ahead of the scientific evidence for safety and effectiveness, according to a review in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery(r), the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
A new stem-cell discovery might one day lead to a more streamlined process for obtaining stem cells, which in turn could be used in the development of replacement tissue for failing body parts, according to UC San Francisco scientis...
For the people of StemCells, Inc., one of the most respected stem-cell companies in America, the work they do is more than just a job. They are fighting to ease suffering and save lives. When they use stem cells to challenge spinal-cord injury, it is for people like my son, Roman Reed, paralyzed from the shoulders down. Show More Summary
We’re closer than ever to seeing a cure for MS,thanks to scientists from the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute. Using skin samples from people with the disease, they’ve grown new stem cells and for the first time successfully encouraged those cells to become oligodendrocytes. Show More Summary
An American woman suffering from paralysis volunteered for experimental surgery at Hospital de Egas Moniz in Lisbon, Portugal. Doctors took stem cells from the woman’s nose and implanted them in her spine, hoping that the cells would help her spinal cord regenerate nerve tissue. Show More Summary
For the first time, scientists generated induced pluripotent stem cells lines from skin samples of patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis and further, they developed an accelerated protocol to induce these stem cells into becoming oligodendrocytes, the myelin-forming cells of the central nervous system implicated in multiple sclerosis and many other diseases.
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has continued in damage-control mode since the state agency’s former president, Alan Trounson, joined the board of directors at StemCells Inc. this month, just seven days after leaving the agency.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (July 24, 2014) – For years, researchers and patients have hoped that embryonic stem cells (ESCs)—capable of forming nearly any cell type in the body—could provide insight into numerous diseases perhaps even be used to treat them. Show More Summary
This research suggests that some aspects of re-engineering an age-damaged immune system to restore its performance may be easier than expected. It is also supportive of work on immune cell transplant therapies as cancer treatments that...Show More Summary