Cancer-Causing DNA Is Found in Some Stem Cells Being Used in Patients

(STAT News) – Some human stem cells growing in labs that researchers have used in experiments to treat serious diseases contain serious cancer-causing mutations, scientists reported on Wednesday. The discovery raised alarms that patients could be treated for one disease, … Read More

CRISPR and Stem Cells Identify Novel Chlamydia Drug Targets

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) – Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their colleagues at the University of British Columbia have developed a novel method for studying how the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis interacts with the human immune system. … Read More

A New Edition of The New England Journal of Medicine Is Now Available

The New England Journal of Medicine (vol. 376, no. 11, 2017) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Clarifying Stem-Cell Therapy’s Benefits and Risks” by P.W. Marks, C.M. Witten, and R.M. Califf “Another Senseless Death — The Case for … Read More

Discovery Offers New Hope to Repair Spinal Cord Injuries

(Eurekalert) – Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes created a special type of neuron from human stem cells that could potentially repair spinal cord injuries. These cells, called V2a interneurons, transmit signals in the spinal cord to help control movement. When … Read More

Streamlining Stem Cell Manufacturing

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) – Stem cell therapies hold extraordinary potential to revolutionize human medicine. Indeed, the global market for cell-based therapies is expected to surpass $20 billion by 2025, with an annual growth rate of 21%, as estimated … Read More

Identical Twins, Not-So-Identical Stem Cells

(Science Daily) – Salk scientists and collaborators have shed light on a long-standing question about what leads to variation in stem cells by comparing induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from identical twins. Even iPSCs made from the cells of … Read More

First Clinic-Ready Stem Cell Repository

(The Scientist) – In an effort to make it easier for researchers to develop stem cell–based therapies, the UK Stem Cell Bank is offering several ready-to-go human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines derived from donated tissue that originated at in … Read More

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