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Governor Rell, Hogan, Williams Announce Connecticut’s First Two Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Created for Research Use
The University of Connecticut recently announced that UConn researchers have created two new human embryonic stem cell lines and are making the lines available to academic researchers to study the therapeutic potential of the cells.
Biologists ID Gene, Pathway for Nerve Regeneration in Worms
University of Utah scientists identified a worm gene that is essential for damaged nerve cells to regenerate, and showed they could speed nerve regeneration by over-activating the gene.
Scientists Reprogram Induced Pluripotent Cells into Precursors of Eggs, Sperm
For the first time, UCLA researchers have reprogrammed human induced pluripotent stem cells into the cells that eventually become eggs and sperm, possibly opening the door for new treatments for infertility using patient-specific cells.
Biologists Find Stem Cell-like Functions in Other Types of Plant Cells
Ordinary cells have the ability to replace lost organs in plants, a function previously thought to be limited to stem cells, researchers have found.
Stem Cells and ABC Transporters Essential in Kidney Regeneration
Researchers have found that stem cells and ABC transporter proteins are indispensable for tubular regeneration after acute kidney injury.
Scientists Find a New Class of Small RNAs and Define its Function
Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory announced recently the discovery of a new class of small RNAs and suggest the presence of a strikingly novel biochemical pathway for RNA processing in which these and possibly other small RNAs are produced.
Spinal Fluid Proteins Signal Lou Gehrig’s Disease
High levels of certain proteins in the spinal fluid could signal the onset of Lou Gehrig’s disease, which may lead to diagnostic kits for early diagnosis, accurately measuring the progression of the disease and monitoring the effects of treatment.
Engineered Virus Targets and Kills Apparent Cancer Stem Cells in Neuroblastoma
After identifying an apparent population of cancer stem cells for neuroblastoma, researchers successfully used a reprogrammed herpes virus to block tumor formation in mice by targeting and killing the cells.
Gene Therapy Cures Form of ‘Bubble Boy Disease’
Gene therapy seems to have cured eight of 10 children who had potentially fatal “bubble boy disease” or severe combined immunodeficiency, according to a study that followed their progress for about four years after treatment.
Stem Cell Transplants Show Promise for Multiple Sclerosis
U.S. researchers have reversed multiple sclerosis symptoms in early stage patients by using bone marrow stem cell transplants to reset the immune system, they said on Thursday.
ABSTRACTS, REVIEWS AND SPECIAL REPORTS
Human Embryos Derived by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer Using an Alternative Enucleation Approach
This study performed somatic cell nuclear transfer to generate patient-specific embryonic stem cells from blastocysts cloned by nuclear transfer.
Generation of Transplantable, Functional Satellite-like Cells from Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells
In this study, the researchers report the successful in vitro induction of Pax7-positive satellite-like cells from mouse embryonic stem cells.
Human Fetal Pancreatic Insulin-producing Cells Proliferate in Vitro
Considering the inherent differences in mouse and human pancreatic islets, this study assesses the potential of human fetal pancreatic insulin-producing cells to proliferate in vitro.
Identification of a Bone Marrow–derived Epithelial-like Population Capable of Repopulating Injured Mouse Airway Epithelium
This study reports what is believed to be a newly discovered population of cells in mouse and human bone marrow that express Clara cell secretory protein, a marker of airway progenitor and stem cells.
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