CURRENT STEM CELL NEWS

1. Engineered stem cells secreting growth factors- A potential tool to combat Lou Gehrig's disease

Researchers have identified using an animal model that engineering mesenchymal stem cells to secrete both the growth factors, the GDNF and VEGF will serve as a potential tool to combat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease. Click to read more...

2. Down Syndrome neurons explored by using Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cell technology.

Though Down Syndrome has been attributed to the presence of an extra chromosome, synaptic defects and effects on genes on other chromosomes in neurons have been discovered as the possible cause for the intellectual disability and other characteristics of Down Syndrome patients according to a study that used skin cells from Down syndrome patients to create neurons which were studied in the lab. Click to read more...

3. Interim results of a clinical trial on stroke patients show positive outcome.

The interim results of a clinical trial that used fetal neural stem cells in nine stroke patients has shown that all nine participants had improved by one point on a 10 point scale of stroke disability in a month after the treatment and an year later five patients had improved by three points.Click to read more...

4. Single Injection of cells derived from human embryonic stem cells proves efficacious in a study on rat spinal cord injury

A team of researchers have employed cells derived from an approved line of human embryonic stem cells in rats with induced spinal cord injuries and observed that these stem-cell treated mice experienced a progressive improvement in their walking ability. Click to read more...

5. Immune cells help cervical cancer patient

Lab expanded NK cells in a procedure called the AIET (Autologous Immune Enhancement Therapy) when injected into a cervical cancer patient after radiotherapy has helped in regression of the lymph node lesions and have helped the patient maintain a good quality of life. Click to read more...

6. Neutrophil clearance stimulates stem cell release from bone marrow

Daily clearance of the immune cells called the neutrophils by the macrophages in turn stimulates the release of blood stem cells from the bone marrow and this process follows a circadian rhythm according to a recent study published. Click to read more...

7. Micro-RNA acting as a guardian for quality and longevity of blood stem cells identified

Repeated Inflammation can possibly lead to cancer according to earlier reports. Now a Micro-RNA that acts as a critical regulator and protector of the blood-forming stem cells during chronic inflammation has been identified. This study will be helpful in understanding the underlying processes during inflammation driven tumour formation.Click to read more...

8. Cord blood stem cells help treat cerebral palsy in a 2.5-year-old boy –reports study

A study has reported that injection of autologous cord blood stem cells in a 2.5-year-old boy with infantile cerebral palsy resulted in significant decrease in the spasticity. Click to read more...

9. Cell reprogramming process explored

A team led by Geneticist Peng Jin reporting that Hydroxymethylation is critical for efficient reprogramming for producing induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have also described specific aberrant reprogramming hot spots in the genome which will serve to distinguish iPS cells from embryonic stem cells. Click to read more...

10. Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) restore vision to a blind patient in experimental clinical trial

In the first of its kind trial on human embryonic stem cells on patients with age-related macular degeneration or Stargardt's macular dystrophy, two debilitating disease conditions affecting the vision, researchers have reported that vision in one of the patients has improved from from 20/400 to 20/40. Click to read more..

Really???

1. Did you know that perhaps the Theory of Evolution postulated by Charles Darwin owes to his terrible sea-sickness during his voyage on the Beagle due to which he spent more time on the land collecting data which led to his famous theory.

2. Are you aware that 'The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Phil. Trans.)' was the first ever journal published in the world exclusively devoted to science? It was established in 1665 and later in 1887 it was divided into two separate publications which are still in continuous publication making it the world's longest-running scientific journal.

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