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Study Prompts New Ideas on Cancers’ Origins

Rapidly dividing, yet aberrant stem cells are a major source of cancer. But a new study suggests that mature cells also play a key role in initiating cancer—a finding that could upend the way scientists think about the origin of the disease. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that

December 21st, 2017|Categories: Around The State, Cancer, Disease Specific|Tags: , , , |

Subset of Stem Cells Identified as Source for All Cells in Blood and Immune Systems

Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have identified a specific subset of adult blood stem cells that is exclusively responsible for repopulating the entire blood and immune system after a transplant. The discovery, to be published Nov. 1 in Science Translational Medicine, has the potential to revolutionize blood stem cell transplantation as well as the

November 16th, 2017|Categories: General News|Tags: , |

‘Reprogrammed’ stem cells fight Parkinson’s disease in monkeys

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have successfully used “reprogrammed” stem cells to restore functioning brain cells in monkeys, raising hopes the technique could be used in future to help patients with Parkinson’s disease. Since Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine made by brain cells, researchers have long hoped to use stem cells to restore

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Commits to $17 Million for 43 Research Projects

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pumping $17 million into 43 research projects that represent almost half of its $40-million research funding commitment in 2017. Among the projects are trials evaluating intermittent fasting as a way to harness inflammation and stem cell research. A growing number of studies indicate that stem cells can slow MS activity and repair the damage

Iowa State researchers use graphene, electricity to change stem cells for nerve regrowth

AMES, Iowa – Researchers looking for ways to regenerate nerves can have a hard time obtaining key tools of their trade. Schwann cells are an example. They form sheaths around axons, the tail-like parts of nerve cells that carry electrical impulses. They promote regeneration of those axons. And they secrete substances that promote the health

UC Davis licenses novel compound that helps stem cells regenerate bone to treat bone diseases

March 3, 2017 Hybrid molecule LLP2A-Alendronate could have implications for osteonecrosis, fractures, osteoporosis and inflammatory arthritis. The University of California, Davis, is pleased to announce a licensing agreement with Regenerative Arthritis and Bone Medicine, Inc. (RABOME) for a class of drugs developed at UC Davis that hold potential for treating diseases associated with bone loss

The Stem-Cell Revolution Is Coming — Slowly

By WALLACE RAVVEN JAN. 16, 2017 The New York Times In 2001, President George W. Bush issued an executive order banning federal funding for new sources of stem cells developed from preimplantation human embryos. The action stalled research and discouraged scientists. Five years later, a Kyoto University scientist, Shinya Yamanaka, and his graduate student, Kazutoshi

Researchers use stem cells to regenerate the external layer of a human heart

By Stefanie Tomlinson January 11, 2017 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A process using human stem cells can generate the cells that cover the external surface of a human heart — epicardium cells — according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers. "In 2012, we discovered that if we treated human stem cells with chemicals that sequentially

UTHealth research: Stem cell therapy appears to have TBI treatment effect

HOUSTON – (Nov. 2, 2016) – Results of a cellular therapy clinical trial for traumatic brain injury (TBI) using a patient’s own stem cells showed that the therapy appears to dampen the body’s neuroinflammatory response to trauma and preserve brain tissue, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).