Stem Cells

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Salk Institute gets $42M grant to study chronic diseases, establish new genomic center

The La Jolla, CA-based Salk Institute for Biological Studies has landed a $42 million grant to establish the Helmsley Center for Genomic Medicine. The award, from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, is the biggest in Salk's history.

Stem cell research needs breakthroughs

Stem cell-based therapeutics are a fast-growing area of early-stage biotech research, but they need better production methods to enable large-scale R&D.

Stem cells cut heart damage in muscular dystrophy mice

Stem cells from blood vessels could reduce or even prevent heart damage in people with the inherited muscle-wasting disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Stem cells show early promise in ALS

In a mouse study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, injected neural stem cells moved to the spinal cord and multiplied, extending life span 20 days and improving muscle function 15%.

Cell transplant gives blind mice their sight back

A cell transplant has restored sight in totally blind mice.

Stem cell tech could bolster cancer, HIV immune response

By using stem cell technology, two teams of Japanese researchers have been able to rejuvenate immune cells, pointing to a possible route to boost patients' inbuilt immune responses and allowing them to tackle aggressive onslaughts like HIV infections and cancer.

Stem cells step forward in ALS

A consortium of researchers from across the U.S. has taken a step forward in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by transplanting neural stem cells into mice and slowing the paralysis caused by this lethal and incurable neurodegenerative disease.

Engineered viruses rebuild heartbeat

Using viruses to deliver a single gene, U.S. researchers have reprogrammed heart cells and converted them into working biological pacemakers that could regulate the erratic beating of a failing heart.

Stem cells from blood may be more patient-friendly

U.K. researchers have found a less painful way to source samples to make stem cells, using blood rather than biopsies, and their findings could pave the way to treat cardiovascular disease and rebuild patients' hearts and other organs.

Skeletal muscle stem cells boosted recovery in heart attack-stricken rats

Stem cells derived from skeletal muscle helped improve heart function in rats after a heart attack, according to new research by scientists in Norway.