A 3-D Replacement for the Petri Dish
For modeling cell growth and behavior in the body, scientists are turning to three-dimensional culture systems that create more lifelike environments.
Researchers ‘Grow’ Heart Arteries
Scientists are to use an £84,000 grant to try and “grow” test tube arteries for use in heart bypass operations.
Stem Cells Used to Create Critical Brain Barrier in Lab
Researchers have described an experiment in which nascent rat neural stem cells were used to prod blood vessel cells to assume properties of the blood-brain barrier.
Stem Cell Activity Deciphered in the Aging Brain
Neurobiologists have discovered why the aging brain produces progressively fewer new nerve cells in its learning and memory center. The scientists said the finding, made in rodents, refutes current ideas on how long crucial “progenitor” stem cells persist in the aging brain.
Cancer-Killing Invention Also Harvests Stem Cells
Associate Professor Michael King of the University of Rochester Biomedical Engineering Department has invented a device that filters the blood for cancer and stem cells.
Researchers Find Stem Cell Therapy Effective in Targeting Metastatic Cancer
Researchers at City of Hope and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may have found a way to treat cancers that have spread throughout the body more effectively. They used modified neural stem cells to activate and concentrate chemotherapeutic drugs predominately at tumor sites, so that normal tissue surrounding the tumor and throughout the body remain relatively unharmed.
Scientists Discover Gene Therapy for Depression
Scientists have discovered a new gene that makes mice happy, a finding that suggests another avenue of drugs for improving depression in humans.
Stem Cells Used To Regenerate Parts Of Teeth By USC-Led Researchers
A multi-national research team has successfully regenerated tooth root and supporting periodontal ligaments to restore tooth function in a swine model. The breakthrough holds significant promise for clinical application in human patients.
Weizmann Institute Scientists Demonstrate How Tissues Transplanted from Pig Embryos Might Present a Solution to Genetic Diseases
Previous attempts to treat genetic disease by transplanting (mother to daughter) a spleen, an organ that can manufacture a number of the missing proteins in some such diseases, had made little headway due to the fact that the spleen is home to the immune system’s T cells – cells responsible for the severe immune responses against the recipient known as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Reisner and his team revived the idea, with a twist.
Cytori to Begin Stem Cell Trial for Heart Disease
Cytori Therapeutics received approvals to initiate a clinical trial in Spain to investigate the use of adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Stem Cell Technique Could Help Kids Avoid Root Canal
A new, less-invasive treatment leaves the soft inner pulp intact, allowing the young tooth’s stem cells to continue tooth formation.
Living Cell Technologies Ltd Granted Approval to Manufacture Xeno Products for Human Use
The New Zealand regulator MedSafe issued a formal letter to LCT recommending a Licence to Manufacture Medicines be issued which will allow the use of its xenotransplant products in human patients.
Gene-engineered Cattle Resist Mad Cow Disease
The cattle are engineered to lack the nervous system prions, a type of protein, that cause BSE and other related diseases such as scrapie in sheep and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, known as CJD, in humans.
New Stem Cell Skin Therapy Gives Skin Fresh Appearance
A new skin rejuvenation therapy—using stem cells from the amniotic fluid of pregnant cows—is now used to hydrate and firm facial skin in humans.
CorCell, Inc. Announces First Autologous Cord Blood Transplant For Childhood Leukemia Worldwide
CorCell announced that cord blood collected and stored by one of its private, family customers was used in what is believed to be the first autologous cord blood transplant for childhood leukemia anywhere in the world.
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Gene Therapy in Wound Healing: Present Status and Future Directions
This article aims to review the research on gene therapy in wound healing and possible future directions in this exciting field.