CURRENT STEM CELL NEWS

1. Chromatin changes during cell differentiation in vivo captured using powerful imaging technique

A novel imaging technique called Soft X-ray tomography has revealed newer information on the changes occurring in the chromatin compaction and re-distribution of condensed chromatin inside the nucleus during differentiation and cell fate commitment. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

2. Mini-lungs grown in the lab using stem cells

A bioartificial microporous scaffold niche has been employed to make Human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) derived human lung organoids (HLOs) to reassemble into mini lungs in vitro. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

3. iPS technology to help treat hereditary deafness

Drugs and therapies for deafness at birth caused by mutations in a specific gene known as Gap Junction Beta 2 (GJB2) can now be studied in a better manner using iPS derived gap junction cells. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

4. Grafted embryonic neurons integrate into adult brain - shows study

Within two months of transplantation it has been observed that embryonic neurons can fully incorporate into an existing network within the adult recipient's visual brain region. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

5. Stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease shows success

Cells derived from parthenogenetic human egg cells have been shown to be efficacious in a patient of Parkinson's disease in an Australian Phase 1 clinical trial. Click to read more...

6. Clonal tagging technology to improvise stem cell tracking

Endogenous fluorescent tagging has been used to track Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) at a clonal level and this methodology has provided newer information on the heterogeneity of these cells. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

7. Researchers identify blood stem cells in fruit fly for the first time

Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) have been identified in the larval lymph gland of Drosophila thus providing an invertebrate model to study haematopoiesis. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication

8. Neural progenitors identified in covering of the brain

Embryonically derived neural progenitors with ability to differentiate into functional neurons have been identified in the meninges of perinatal mice. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

9. Loss of specific protein fuels cancer stem cell conversion- identifies study

Loss of a DNA packaging protein - H1.0 makes tumor cells turn into cancer stem cells according to new findings. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

10. Stem cell study uncovers key mechanism underlying pulmonary fibrosis

Expression of an innate immune receptor T and an extracellular matrix component have been found to be important for renewal and repair of lung stem cells and the deletion of these factors leads to pulmonary fibrosis. 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 DNA makes only 50 % of our chromosomes? Yes, the rest is made up of a mysterious sheath whose possible function is to keep chromosomes isolated from one another during cell division.    
 -Source:Science daily and Molecular Cell, 2016; 64 (4): 790

2. Our brain actually tricks us to believe that we see everything in sharp detail while actually our eyes can only process a part of the surroundings precisely. The brain does this by using past visual experiences in order to predict how blurry objects would actually look in sharp detail.    
 -Source:Science Daily and Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 2014; 143 (5): 1903

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