Cardinals to Hear About Breakthrough in Umbilical Cord Research
A Northern Ireland-born professor will tell a Vatican-sponsored conference in September that it is possible to use stem cells from the umbilical cords of living babies to produce insulin in diabetics and to grow blocks of human tissue for use in drug tests.
Tumor Wizardry Wards Off Attacks from the Immune System
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that pancreatic tumors hide from the body’s immune surveillance by surrounding themselves with cells that make it hard for the immune system to detect them.
Donor T Cells Change the Fate of Stem Cells in Transplantation
In laboratory and animal models, researchers showed that alloreactive T cells change the fate of blood stem cells and may themselves stimulate a strong immune response.
Magnets Enlisted in Gene Therapy Research
A Swiss scientist says magnets may one day drag genes around the body in a novel form of gene therapy.
Scientists Engineer Human Tissue with Electricity
A technique, which uses electric fields to build up layers of cells to form a tissue, is being used to create Hematons – aggregates of blood producing cells essential in the function of healthy bone marrow.
Ortec Issues Update on Its Three Technology Platforms for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells
The update details the business strategy for developing and commercializing their newly acquired Haptides(TM) and Fibrin Microbeads biomaterial technologies
Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy Boosts Blood Vessel Growth And Injury Repair
A study provides evidence that the transplantation of bone marrow-derived c-kit+ cells can lead to improvement in cardiac function in mice after acute myocardial infarction that is independent of the differentiation of these cells into cardiac muscle cells, but rather is associated with the release of molecules known as cytokines that stimulate the growth of new blood vessels to the area of injury, promoting healing.
Penn Researchers Enlist Proteins To ‘Switch On’ Heart Tissue Repair System In Animal Models
By triggering the cell-cycle signal, researchers can manipulate cells in animal models to regenerate damaged heart tissue.
Favrille Publishes Data From Phase 2 Clinical Trial Demonstrating Biologic Activity Of Lead Product Candidate FavId In Indolent Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphom
FavId(R) as a single agent is active and well tolerated in previously treated and relapsed patients with indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).
AnorMED Completes Enrollment In Phase III Trial For MOZOBIL In Stem Cell Transplant In Multiple Myeloma
The two Phase III trials are evaluating MOZOBIL in a standard stem cell mobilization regimen.
Seoul University Scientists Clone Two Female Puppies
A team of Seoul National University scientists has confirmed it has cloned two female puppies to be mates for the male dog, Snuppy, which the team cloned last year.
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Isolation of a Novel Population of Multipotent Adult Stem Cells from Human Hair Follicles
The researchers isolated a novel population of multipotent adult stem cells from human hair follicles, showing that human follicles may provide an accessible, autologous source of adult stem cells for therapeutic application.