Researchers Find ‘Missing Link’ Stem Cells
Two independent teams of researchers based at Cambridge University and Oxford University have discovered a new type of embryonic stem cell in mice and rats which is very similar to human embryonic stem cells.
Scientists: Stem Cells Created From Unfertilized Eggs
Scientists say they’ve created embryonic stem cells by stimulating unfertilized eggs, a significant step toward producing transplant tissue that’s genetically matched to women.
Stem Cells Could Treat Diabetes
Early-stage studies in mice have shown that adult blood could be a richer source of insulin-creating stem cells than fertilized eggs.
Vitro Announces Key Advance in Stem Cell Research
Vitro Diagnostics, Inc. announced the development of a new method to derive human pancreatic beta islets from adult pancreatic stem cells.
Can You Hear Me Now? Stem Cells Enhance Hearing Recovery
Researchers have shown that bone marrow stem cells injected into a damaged inner ear can speed hearing recovery after partial hearing loss.
Clinical Trial Suggests Bone Marrow Stem Cells Are Useful for Spinal Cord Injury; PrimeCell Therapeutics Provided Pre-Clinical Study
PrimeCell(TM) Therapeutics LLC has announced that it provided research support and pre-clinical studies for a clinical trial to assess the safety, feasibility and efficacy of implanting autologous bone marrow stem cells into spinal cord injury (SCI) patients.
Transplanting Angina Patients’ Stem Cells Shows Safety, Symptom Relief
The first U.S. study to transplant a potent form of purified adult stem cells into the heart muscle of patients with severe angina provided evidence that the procedure is safe and produced a reduction in angina pain as well as improved functioning in patients’ daily lives.
Penn Researchers Report that Gene Therapy Awakens the Brain Despite Blindness from Birth
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated that gene therapy used to restore retinal activity to the blind also restores function to the brain’s visual center, a critical component of seeing.
First Patient Treated in Aastrom Adult Stem Cell Trial for Critical Limb Ischemia
Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. is evaluating its Vascular Repair Cell (VRC) product in a U.S. Phase IIb clinical trial to treat patients suffering from CLI, the most severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Disgraced Scientist Back in Lab
From the crack of dawn until late at night, stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk is at work in the lab, hoping to restore his credibility after a scandal that shocked the world.
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Patient-Specific Stem Cell Lines Derived from Human Parthenogenetic Blastocysts
This research has resulted in a protocol for the production of human parthenogenetic embryos and the derivation of stem cell lines from them, which minimizes the presence of animal-derived components, making the derived phESC lines more suitable for potential clinical use.
Integration and Persistence of an Investigational Human Living Skin Equivalent (ICX-SKN) in Human Surgical Wounds
This is the first report of preliminary evidence indicating the persistence of an autosynthesized, tissue-engineered, living human skin substitute in healed acute wounds in humans.