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Macular degeneration linked to aging immune cells

As people age, their immune systems age, too. And new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that aging immune cells increase the risk for age-related macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness in the United States. Studying mice and cells from patients, the researchers found that as immune cells called

Four NYSCF Innovators Featured In Nature Article on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Over the past 20 years, embryonic stem cell (ESC) research has evolved from a brand new field with lots of promise to one that is actively helping uncover the mysteries of devastating diseases and develop treatments. A recent article in Nature featuring NYSCF – Robertson Investigator Alumnus Dr. Dieter Egli of Columbia University, inaugural NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell

April 4th, 2018|Categories: General News|Tags: , |

CRISPR enhances gene therapy to fight inherited diseases

Gene therapy has shown promise in treating inherited genetic diseases, but a major issue that has frustrated scientists remains: Replacing a “bad” gene with a healthy one often is a short-lived fix. Typically, the healthy replacement gene works for just a few weeks. Now, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have

April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Around The State, General News|Tags: , , |

Infectious diseases docs may be lifesaving for patients with antibiotic-resistant infections

For patients with difficult-to-treat, drug-resistant infections, seeing an infectious diseases specialist can be a lifesaver. Such patients experienced significantly lower mortality rates when treated by physicians specializing in infectious diseases, according to a study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Researchers found that infectious disease physicians helped reduce 30-day mortality rates by

March 25th, 2018|Categories: Around The State, General News|Tags: , , |

New way to fight sepsis: Rev up patients’ immune systems

While many people have never heard of sepsis, it causes about 250,000 deaths annually in the United States. The condition develops when an infection triggers an overwhelming immune response, ultimately wreaking havoc on the immune system. Standard treatment involves high doses of antibiotics that fight the infection, but they often don’t work well and fail

New CRISPR tools can detect infections like HPV, dengue, and Zika

Scientists are harnessing the same technology behind the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to develop cheap devices that can quickly diagnose infections. These systems, described in new research, have the potential to revolutionize how we detect and respond to viruses like HPV and Zika, especially in developing countries. The new tools, developed by the labs of

March 2nd, 2018|Categories: General News|Tags: , , , , |

Genetic lung disease’s molecular roots identified

Respiratory infections peak during the winter months, and most people recover within a few weeks. But for those with a rare genetic lung disease, the sniffling, coughing and congestion never end. The tiny hairlike structures called cilia that normally sweep mucus through the airways don’t work properly in people with what’s known as primary ciliary