Amag Pharma to Buy World’s Largest Stem Cell Bank for $700 million

(Reuters) – Amag Pharmaceuticals Inc (AMAG.O) said it would buy the largest newborn stem cell bank in the world for $700 million to strengthen is maternal health business and that it was on the hunt for more deals.

Human Trials of Manufactured Blood within Two Years

(Medical Xpress) – The first human trials of lab-produced blood to help create better-matched blood for patients with complex blood conditions has been announced by NHS Blood and Transplant. Research led by scientists at the University of Bristol and NHS … Read More

Researchers Uncover Epigenetic Switches That Turn Stem Cells into Blood Vessel Cells

(Eurekalert) – Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have identified a molecular mechanism that directs embryonic stem cells to mature into endothelial cells — the specialized cells that form blood vessels. Understanding the processes initiated by this mechanism … Read More

Discovery Targets Dormant Bowel Cancer Cells Before They Form Secondary Tumours

(Medical Xpress) – An international research team, led by the University of Melbourne, have discovered a way to control the stem cell behaviour responsible for the spread of bowel cancer. The discovery will lead to treatments that target dormant cells, … Read More

Factors Released Following Stem Cell Transplantation Therapeutically Impact Serious Burns

(Eurekalert) – Cell transplantation researchers have successfully used bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Now, using injections of MSCs, a research team in Brazil has successfully treated laboratory rats modeled with severe … Read More

Researchers Mass-Producing Stem Cells to Satisfy the Demands of Regenerative Medicine

(Physorg) – Steve Oh had been growing stem cells by conventional means at the A*STAR Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI) for seven years, when in 2008 his colleague Shaul Reuveny proposed an idea for speeding up the process. Instead of culturing … Read More

CRISPR: Move Beyond Differences

(Nature) – This autumn, researchers and other experts will come together to discuss the scientific, ethical and policy issues associated with gene-editing research in humans. Plans for the international meeting were announced by the US National Academy of Sciences and … Read More

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