Stem Cells Know How to Open Up and Unwind

(Eurekalert) – Research led by the Babraham Institute with collaborators in the UK, Canada and Japan has revealed a new understanding of how an open genome structure supports the long-term and unrestricted developmental potential in embryonic stem cells. This insight … Read More

Scientists Uncover New Way to Grow Rare Life-Saving Blood Stem Cells

(Eurekalert) – Researchers at McMaster University’s Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute have made significant steps forward in understanding the stem cells of the human blood system after discovering how a key protein allows for better control and regeneration of … Read More

A New Edition of Stem Cells Is Now Available

Stem Cells (vol. 34, no. 4, 2016) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Concise Review: Heteroplasmic Mitochondrial DNA Mutations and Mitochondrial Diseases: Toward iPSC-Based Disease Modeling, Drug Discovery, and Regenerative Therapeutics” by Hideyuki Hatakeyama and Yu-ichi Goto

Micro Heart Muscle Created from Stem Cells

(Nanowerk News) – Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have invented a new way to create three-dimensional human heart tissue from stem cells (“Miniaturized iPS-Cell-Derived Cardiac Muscles for Physiologically Relevant Drug Response Analyses”). The tissue can be used to model disease … Read More

Stem Cells for Personalized Pain Therapy Testing

(The Scientist) – Pain can be tough to take, and it’s also difficult to study: rodent models for pain do not necessarily translate to human pain conditions and expression of disease-causing mutations in cell lines may not precisely mimic the … Read More

Stem Cell Technique Predicts Patients Likely to Have Severe Chemo Reaction

(Medical News Today) – A small minority of patients treated with a common chemotherapy drug develop severe heart damage, but there is currently no way of identifying in advance who they might be. Now, researchers have developed a method using … Read More

Mutated Mitochondria Could Hold Back Stem-Cell Therapies

(Nature) – Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) — those derived from adult cells — are inching closer to the clinic. But as a new study helps to show, much work remains before the field can yield mainline treatments. The older … Read More

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