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Stem Cells Show Potential for Treating Rare Skin Disease

(Science) – Researchers have taken several steps toward using stem cells to treat a rare genetic disease that leaves people with skin so fragile it blisters at the slightest touch. A trio of lab and animal studies reported today could … Read More

Remotely Controlled Magnetic Nanoparticles Stimulate Stem Cells to Regenerate Bone

(Nanowerk) – Medical researchers from Keele University and Nottingham University have found that magnetic nanoparticles coated with targeting proteins can stimulate stem cells to regenerate bone. Researchers were also able to deliver the cells directly to the injured area, remotely … Read More

Pain in a Dish: Researchers Turn Skin Cells into Pain Sensing Neurons

(Medical Xpress) – After more than six years of intensive effort, and repeated failures that made the quest at times seem futile, Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and … Read More

Opening Minds: The Biotech Company Aiming to Change Stroke Victims’ Lives

(The Guardian) – He wants to bore a hole in your head. But don’t panic, Olav Hellebø is not a modern-day trepanist and it will be a top-notch surgeon, not the 49-year-old Norwegian businessman, holding the drill. Drilling holes in the … Read More

P53: The Gene That Cracked the Cancer Code by Sue Armstrong – Review

(The Guardian) – As Sue Armstrong points out at the beginning of her book, while we may naively wonder why so many people get cancer, researchers are asking “Why so few?”. Every time a cell divides – skin and digestive-tract … Read More

Reprogramming ‘Support Cells’ into Neurons Could Repair Injured Adult Brains

(Medical Xpress) – The portion of the adult brain responsible for complex thought, known as the cerebral cortex, lacks the ability to replace neurons that die as a result of Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and other devastating diseases. A study in … Read More

The Cellular Origin of Fibrosis: Team Identifies Rare Stem Cells That Give Rise of Chronic Tissue Scarring

(Medical Xpress) – Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found the cellular origin of the tissue scarring caused by organ damage associated with diabetes, lung disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and other conditions. The … Read More

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