CURRENT STEM CELL NEWS

1. Functional insulin producing cells created in the lab – Hopes to treat Type I Diabetes

A team of researchers have been able to produce insulin producing cells in the lab by using a technique that converts pluripotent stem cells like embryonic stem cells and Pluripotent stem cells into pancreatic β cells which are the ones that produce insulin. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

2. Adult born neurons essential for maintaining brain circuit - reveals study

Working on mouse models, researchers have identified that a part of the nervous system called the olfactory bulb needs constant supply of new neurons even in adulthood in order to maintain its circuit organization. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

3. Tool that creates barcode of cellular DNA provides insights into origins of blood cells

Mobile genetic elements called transposons have been used to create barcode for cellular DNA ad this method has helped to identify that it is not the blood stem cells but it is the progenitor cells which are needed for the normal supply of blood cells during adulthood. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

4. Maternal inflammation causing increased neural stem cell division linked to Autism

UCLA researchers have observed in pregnant mice that inflammation during pregnancy triggered excessive division of neural stem cells leading to enlarged brain and these mice displayed behaviours associated with like autism. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

5. Set of unique biophysical markers of mesenchymal stromal cell populations identified

Identifying and separating mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) had been a daunting task so far. This has been made easy by a team of researchers from MIT and the Singapore-MIT Alliance in Research and Technology (SMART) who have described a set of biophysical markers by which the MSCs can be differentiated form other cells in the bone marrow. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

6. 5-D Image analysis and visualization tools to study cellular dynamics developed

A new imaging technology that could be termed as "Photoshop for biologists" has been developed and this helps to identify, tag and track live cells by compiling data from sequences of microscopic time-lapse images. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

7. Novel Stem Cell population in the corneal limbus with ability to form retinal cells identified

A stem cell population in the cornea which when given the right cues can develop into photoreceptor cells of the retina, according to a recent research published. This study could give rise to newer therapies for diseases of the retina like the age related macular degeneration. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

8. Scientists explore Mutations in telomere genes affecting stem cell function in inherited disease known as dyskeratosis congenita

A gene mutation that underlies the disease process in dyskeratosis congenita has been identified. This is important because in this disease blood stem cells can't regenerate properly and this study will help to develop gene therapies against the disease. Also identifying this mutation will also help to develop therapies for cancer as this mutation affects telomere function and telomeres play an important role in cancer development . Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

9. Clinical testing of placenta-derived cells for multiple sclerosis reports success

A clinical study designed to study the safety of transplantation of placenta derived cells in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients has reported that the patients tolerated the cell transplant well and there were no new or enlarging brain lesions after the transplant. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

10. Evolution of complex regulatory networks controlling Jumping genes in human cells deciphered

Jumping genes in the human genome are thought to be remnants of ancient viruses and play a role in development of certain diseases. Now researchers have been able to identify gene regulating proteins which the genome has evolved to shut down these mobile genetic elements. 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 Cyclins which are a family of proteins controlling progression of the cell through cell cycle were so named by their discoverer Timothy Hunt, because his hobby was cycling? Only after the naming did their importance in the cell cycle became apparent.

2. Are you aware that Nobel Prizes cannot be awarded posthumously and a Nobel Prize cannot be shared by more than three people?
- Source: Wikipedia and vox.com

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