Team Discovers Neural Stem Cells Can Become Blood Vessels

(Medical Xpress) – Mother cells from the adult carotid body can transform into blood vessels as well as neurons. This discovery could have important repercussions on the treatment of such diseases as pediatric tumors and Parkinson’s. Researchers from the University … Read More

Babies from Skin Cells? Prospect Is Unsettling to Some Experts

(New York Times) – Nearly 40 years after the world was jolted by the birth of the first test-tube baby, a new revolution in reproductive technology is on the horizon — and it promises to be far more controversial than … Read More

Approaching a Decades-Old Goal: Making Blood Stem Cells from Patients’ Own Cells

(Science Daily) – Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have, for the first time, generated blood-forming stem cells in the lab using pluripotent stem cells, which can make virtually every cell type in the body. The advance, published in the journal … Read More

Researchers Develop a More Precise and Controlled Method of Engineering Tissues from Stem Cells

(PhysOrg) – Nothing beats nature. The diverse and wonderful varieties of cells and tissues that comprise the human body are evidence of that. Each one of us starts out as a mass of identical, undifferentiated cells, and thanks to a … Read More

Texas Leans into Unproven Stem Cell Treatments, to the Dismay of Scientists

(STAT News) – HB 810 is one of three bills being considered in the Texas Legislature that would make it easier for sick people to try unproven therapies at their own risk, and cost. Springer’s bill would allow clinics offering … Read More

Using Single-Cell RNA Sequencing and Clever Statistical Analysis to Track Stem Cells as They Mature

(PhysOrg) – Adult stem cells have the ability to transform into many types of cells, but tracing the path individual stem cells follow as they mature and identifying the molecules that trigger these fateful decisions are difficult in a living … Read More

Synthetic Bone Implant Could Replace Painful Marrow Transplants

(Gizmodo) – Thanks to advances in medicine, bone marrow transplants are no longer the last resorts they once were. Every year, thousands of marrow transplants are performed, a common treatment for ailments from bone marrow disease to leukemia. But because … Read More

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