CURRENT STEM CELL NEWS

1. Transgenic stem cells heal deadly skin disorder

Autologous genetically modified skin cells have helped to treat a 7-year-old boy suffering from Junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB), a severe and often lethal genetic disease of the skin. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

2. Inner ear stem cells converted to neurons that aid hearing

By overexpressing a gene called NEUROG1, scientists have converted to turn inner ear stem cells into auditory neurons. This could be of potential use in treating hearing loss. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

3. Synthetic microparticles to improve blood stem cell survival

VEGF-immobilized microparticles have shown to improve the survival of blood stem cells thereby improving the therapeutic potential of these cells for the treatment of ischemic diseases. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

4. Fat determines MSC differentiation – suggests study

A study has shown that adding fish oil fats to mesenchymal stem cells made them differentiate into osteoblasts (bone-forming cells) instead of adipocytes (fat-storing cells). Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

5. iPS cells help explore Autism

Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from three patients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and three healthy individuals were used to generate neurons and astrocytes. Studying these cells helped researchers explore the influence of astrocytes in ASD Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

6. Alcohol kills brain stem cells and females are affected more – study reveals

By tagging brain stem cells in mouse brain, it has been shown that long-term alcohol consumption killed most brain stem cells. This process was different in different regions of the brain and females were found to be more vulnerable. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

7. Mesenchymal stem cells to treat circulation disorders of the limb

Injection of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has induced new blood vessels to grow, improving circulation in the affected limbs along with inducing release of factors to reduce inflammation and increase circulation. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

8. Novel stem cell population aids flight in fruit fly

Adult muscle progenitor (AMP) cells, a newly identified stem cell population has been shown to be responsible for development of early phases of adult flight muscle in Drosophila. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

9. Advanced 3D gels to efficiently grow stem cells developed

Researchers have developed a 3D hydrogel scaffold which helped to maintain the stemness of Neural progenitor cell (NPC) for longer time in vitro. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

10. Distinct blood stem cell for faster repopulation of bone marrow identified

Scientists have identified a new stem cell subpopulation of CD34-positive blood stem cells that was exclusively responsible for faster multilineage engraftment of the bone marrow. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

Really???

1. Did you know that our genes are behind on how we attend to the environment? A study that tracked eye gazing patterns in twins has concluded that there underlies a strong genetic component to the way individuals visually explore their environments. This study could also lead to development of "gaze fingerprinting" as a method of individual identification.
 -Source: ScienceDaily, 9 November 2017. and Current Biology, 2017 DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.10.007

2. A scientific study has suggested that no one is a born believer in God. Tests and brain simulation experiments on pilgrims by researchers from Oxford has suggested that belief in Gods is not intuitive or natural but is more dependent on upbringing and socio-cultural processes.    
-Source: ScienceDaily, 8 November 2017. Scientific Reports, 2017; 7 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-14090-9

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