Stem Cells

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Stem cell signaling protein spurs cancer spread

In a finding that could have implications for leukemia treatment, investigators at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have linked a protein associated with an important stem cell signal to cancer growth.

Exposure to acid turns adult cells into stem cells

An international team of scientists has found a new way to create stem cells without the use of an embryo or outside DNA--an advance in stem cell technology that doesn't carry the ethical concerns of embryonic stem cells or the safety issues of induced pluripotent stem cells.

$40M gift from stem cell agency will fund new genomics initiative

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is putting $40 million toward the creation of a new Center of Excellence in Stem Cell Genomics, which will bring together experts and investigators from 7 California institutions.

Researchers repair retinas in mice with virus-free stem cells

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a safer way to make human iPS cells, and using these cells, they've successfully repaired damaged retinal vascular tissue in mice.

Investigators find a way to keep stem cells' options open until they're needed

Knowing how to preserve human embryonic stem cells in their pluripotent state until they are needed will help scientists better harness these cells for use in a variety of therapies. Now researchers have identified a gene receptor and signaling pathway that plays an essential role in preserving hESCs in an undifferentiated state.

International Stem Cell Corp. finds a new way to reprogram cells

International Stem Cell Corp. has found a new way to genetically reprogram mature cells into an embryonic-like state, a technique the Carlsbad, CA-based company believes is a safer and more efficient way of creating induced pluripotent stem cells.

Stem cell-based therapy could be used to treat ALS, dementia

Using stem cell technology, Johns Hopkins researchers and collaborators at Isis Pharmaceuticals have developed several new compounds that seem to halt the toxic effects that lead to brain destruction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and dementia in lab studies.

Mini pancreas grown in lab using mouse cells

Using cell material from mice, an international team led by researchers at the University of Copenhagen's Danish Stem Cell Center has developed a way to grow a miniature 3-D pancreas.

Gene therapy plus stem cells quickens wound healing

Combining gene therapy plus an infusion of stem cells helps heal wounds faster in mice, a discovery that could eventually lead to better treatments for older people with wounds, who fail to heal as well as younger patients. 

New approach could treat common childhood brain cancer

The outlook for young patients diagnosed with medulloblastoma is grim. The highly malignant brain tumor mostly affects children, and treatments are aggressive, often leaving patients with severe side effects, such as lowered IQ levels and increased susceptibility to other cancers.