Seaweed Transformed Into Stem Cell Technology
Engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have transformed a polymer found in common brown seaweed into a device that can support the growth and release of stem cells at the sight of a bodily injury or at the source of a disease.
Crops That Shut Down Pests’ Genes
Monsanto is developing genetically modified plants that use RNA interference to kill the insects that eat them.
New Territory Mapped in Stem Cell Transplantation
Transplant research has taken another step forward at The Hospital for Sick Children where scientists have discovered a gene with properties that allow for the successful engraftment of stem cells from human bone marrow into mice.
Novel Human-Derived "Blood Vessels" Durable in Vivo and Off-the-Shelf
In the studies, scientists began by seeding smooth muscle cells on a tubular biodegradable scaffold, which produced extracellular matrix proteins in the shape of blood vessels. Following a two month growth period, researchers removed the smooth muscle cells, leaving behind the intact ECM, thereby making them universally compatible.
Advanced Cell Technology and the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health & Science University Present Results of Functional Studies for RPE Program at Neuroscience 2007
The results of the study showed that the RPE cells demonstrated a statistically significant therapeutic effect compared to controls with a maximum efficacious effect at a medium dose level.
Data Show Geron’s Cell-Based Therapeutic for Spinal Cord Injury Survives and Exhibits Remyelination for at Least Nine Months Following Injection
Geron Corporation has announced that data show GRNOPC1, the company’s human embryonic stem cell-based therapeutic for spinal cord injury, survives and exhibits durable and robust human remyelination in spinal cord-injured rats for at least nine months following a single injection.
Injecting Stem Cells Sparks Progress in Repairing Heart
Researchers reported small successes in using stem cells to patch ailing hearts, an effort that has generated more debate than breakthroughs.
Advanced Cell Technology Announces 12-Month Results of Myoblast Therapy Trial
Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. has announced that a controlled, randomized clinical trial using ACT’s myoblast therapy demonstrated marked improvement in heart failure symptoms after both six and twelve months.
Mini Cell Treatment Hope for Cancer Sufferers
Doctors have pioneered a radical new cancer treatment using mini cell transplants.
Cytori’s Celution(TM) System Under Evaluation for Breast Augmentation as Part of Investigator Initiated Study
A new study underway in Japan will examine the effect of adult stem and regenerative cells derived from adipose tissue in breast augmentation. In this investigational procedure, a patient’s breast is augmented with her own liposuctioned fat, which has been combined and enhanced with her own adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells.
Stem Cells Used for Severe Skin Disease
University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital physicians reported performing the first bone marrow and cord blood transplant to treat recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa.
FDA Grants Kiadis Pharma Lead Product ATIR Orphan Drug Designation
Kiadis Pharma has announced that its lead product ATIR has been granted orphan drug designation by the US Food and Drug Administration as a therapy for immune reconstitution and prevention of Graft versus Host Disease following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.
Gum Tissue May Help Cure Ills
Scientists, doctors and dentists are pinning hopes on dental-pulp stem cells because the research is promising, the need for stem cells is out there and these stem cells carry no controversy, unlike embryonic stem cells.
Clinical Research Cord Blood Bank Opens in Montreal
The new comprehensive tool will be used to collect and store umbilical cord blood which does not meet the collection standards of the bank managed by Hema-Quebec. The cord blood samples will be used exclusively for research projects on stem cells.
Stem Cell and Marrow Network Trying to Spread Message to Ethnic Communities
The stem cell and marrow network program, which is part of Canadian Blood Services, had persistently been looking for ways to reach ethnic communities, in hopes of encouraging them to be donors.
Cheek Swabs Could Help Find Marrow Donors
B.C. residents are the focus of a pilot project by Canadian Blood Services to test whether cheek swabs – which are quick and easy to do – can help attract more volunteer bone-marrow donors.
Blood-incompatible Baby Heart Transplant Seen Safe
Babies waiting desperately to receive a heart transplant can receive a heart from a donor even if the blood type is incompatible – good news for infants who might otherwise die.
ABSTRACTS, REVIEWS AND SPECIAL REPORTS
Progress and Prospects: Gene Therapy Clinical Trials (Part 2)
This is the second part of a review summarizing progress and prospects in gene therapy clinical research.
Concise Review: The Potential of Stem Cells for Auditory Neuron Generation and Replacement
This review examines the potential of embryonic stem cells to generate new neurons for the deafened mammalian cochlea, including the directed differentiation of stem cells toward a sensory neural lineage and the engraftment of exogenous stem cells into the deafened auditory system.
Islet Cell Associate Research Director
Irvine, CA (University of California, Irvine)
Cell Therapeutics Supervisor
Philadelphia, PA (AppTec)
Sweden (Wallenberg Neuro Center Neuronal Survival Unit)
Memphis, TN (Cognate Bioservices)