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  • Scientists create a renewable source of cancer-fighting T cells January 17, 2019
    A study by UCLA researchers is the first to demonstrate a technique for coaxing pluripotent stem cells -- which can give rise to every cell type in the body and which can be grown indefinitely in the lab -- into becoming mature T cells capable of killing tumor cells.
  • New hope for stem cell approach to treating diabetes January 17, 2019
    Researchers have tweaked the recipe for coaxing human stem cells into insulin-secreting beta cells and shown that the resulting cells are more responsive to fluctuating glucose levels in the blood.
  • Scientists search for new methods to cure neurodegenerative diseases January 17, 2019
    Most neurons in the human brain are generated from neural stem cells during embryonic development. After birth, a small reservoir of stem cells remains in the brain that keeps on producing new neurons throughout life. However, the question arises as to whether these new neurons really support brain function? And if so, can we improve […]
  • Researchers rescue photoreceptors, prevent blindness in animal models of age-related macular degeneration January 16, 2019
    Using a novel patient-specific stem cell-based therapy, researchers prevented blindness in animal models of geographic atrophy, the advanced 'dry' form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 65 and older. The protocols established by the animal study set the stage for a first-in-human clinical trial testing […]
  • Scientists make strides in creation of clinical-grade bone January 15, 2019
    A team of scientists has made valuable progress toward creating clinical-grade cells for treatment of bone disease and injury. In their study, the team identified two types of growth media that could support effective expansion of mesenchymal progenitor (MP) cells from stem cells in a clinically compatible, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) setting.
  • Potential therapeutic target for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis January 15, 2019
    New research has revealed that the protein TDP-43 regulates a gene called Stathmin2 (STMN2). STMN2 shows promise as a therapeutic target and could be the first biomarker ALS, which is extremely difficult to diagnose and treat.
  • Scientists have identified a bone marrow backup system January 15, 2019
    New research has identified a backup for an important biological system -- the hematopoietic system, whose adult stem cells constantly replenish the body's blood supply.
  • Defective glial cells can push neurons toward Parkinson's disease January 15, 2019
    A team of scientists have discovered that astrocytes are linked to the buildup of a toxic protein that is one the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease. The work suggests an important role for glial cells in Parkinson's disease and offers potential new targets for developing therapies.
  • Mesenchymal stems cells: Vital role in repair of damaged organs January 14, 2019
    In adults, mesenchymal stems cells (MSCs) are primarily found in bone marrow and they play a vital role in repair of damaged organs. The transformation of a single MSC into complex tissue like cartilage and bone starts with its association with other MSCs in order to form microscopic clusters via a process termed as condensation.
  • Researchers correct genetic mutation that causes IPEX, a life-threatening autoimmune syndrome January 10, 2019
    Researchers have created a method for modifying blood stem cells to reverse the genetic mutation that causes a life-threatening autoimmune syndrome called IPEX.