Three-dimensional kidney structures created for the first time in a laboratory by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies could provide a new possibility for developing drugs that treat kidney disease and restore kidney function.
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have created genetically altered mice that outlive regular mice by about 20%--the equivalent of raising the average human lifespan by 16 years, from 79 to 95.
Scientists may have unlocked a way to therapeutically correct genetic defects by using a new technique that targets and repairs defective genes.
A drug used since the 1960s to treat Type 2 diabetes appears to prolong both life and good health in middle-aged male mice. If further research supports the early results, the discovery could allow doctors to use the drug to stave off metabolic decline in humans as they grow older.
Mesenchymal stem cells are capable of differentiating into bone and cartilage, as well as muscle, fat and tendon. A new technique that tracks stem cells after transplantation may help increase the effectiveness of such procedures.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging may have uncovered the mechanism of action behind a kind of experimental Alzheimer's therapy called intravenous immunoglobulin, also known as Gammagard™ IVIg.
Researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute may have discovered a way to reverse symptoms of heart failure, a debilitating condition prevalent in old age.
In an ambitious effort to find more personalized treatments for cancer and other complex diseases, Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and Intel are teaming up to develop new computing technologies to map an individual's genetic profile more quickly, precisely and cost-effectively.
Adding to the list of potential treatments scientists hope to derive from embryonic stem cells, researchers at the University of Southampton in the U.K. think new bone repair therapies could be within reach.
Stem cell research with rats may provide hope to stroke victims. In rats, stem cells repaired brain and nerve damage after a stroke, returning the animals to near normal within just a couple of weeks.