Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
 
 
   

News Letter - 48                       vol.3; iss.8                              30 May 2012

 
   

CURRENT STEM CELL NEWS

1. Nerve Cells derived from stem cells help ease chronic pain in mice - Gives hopes to millions

University of California researchers have used stem cells to bridge the gaps caused by dysfunctional or dead neurons that causes neuropathic pain in spinal cord injured mice. Results showed that this approach eased the chronic pain in these mice. Click to read more...

2. From Skin to the heart - A stem cell affair

Researchers have been able to create beating heart cells from the skin cells of two old patients with heart failure and when these heart cells were transplanted in mice, they found that these cells grafted into the rat’s host tissue. Click to read more...

3. Novel synthetic substrate promotes stem cell growth

A study has reported about a synthetic substrate without biological contaminants that helps induced pluripotent stem cells to grow bone cells. These bone cells were then used to repair bone defects in mice. Click to read more...

4. Stem cells help to restore hearing loss

A FDA approved umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant procedure has helped to restore hearing in a child with acquired hearing loss. Click to read more...

5. Stem cell clinical trial for blindness offers hope

In a clinical trial, corneal epithelial stem cell transplantation has been tried by Scottish specialists in two patients to restore vision. Click to read more...

6. It is all about the ‘Niche’- Stem cell study in Drosophila reveals

Salk Institute researchers have identified by studies in Drosophila that the effectiveness of stem cells depends on their environment or niche and for proper regeneration, the stem cells should be matched to their niche. Click to read more...

7. Cardiomyocytes generated more efficiently using Novel Technique

The Researchers of University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new innovative protocol for transforming human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells into heart muscle cells in a more efficient manner using small molecules. Click to read more...

8. Stem cell therapy for Huntington’s disease moves a step further

A collaborative effort by International scientists on transplanting neural precursors obtained from Induced Pluripotent Stem cells (derived from Huntington’s disease patient) in Animal models of Huntington’s disease has offered significant insights into this disease and its therapeutics. Click to read more...

9. Cancer stem cells can be killed without affecting normal cells using Anti- Psychotic Drug – says study

A drug called Thioridazine used for treating Psychotic disorders can easily kills cancer stem cells without exhibiting adverse effects on normal cells , revealed a research on Leukemia by Mick Bhatia and his team of Canadian Researchers. Click to read more...

10. Stem Cell therapy heals diabetic patient’s necrosed foot

Stem cells transplanted into the necrosed foot of a diabetic patient has helped in re-vascularization, restoration of blood flow and healing of the patient’s foot. Click to read more..

11. Therapeutic potential of Placental Stem Cells revealed

In a recent article, Scientists have reported important therapeutic properties of placental mesenchymal stem cells and they have observed that these stem cells have the ability to differentiate into various kinds of cells including fat cells, bone cells, neurons, endothelial cells and liver cells. Click to read more..

Really???

1. It is a known fact that mitochondrial DNA is inherited only from the mother (matrilineal) and Y chromosome found in men is inherited only from the father (Patrilineal). Using this, when scientists traced the Mitochondrial DNA and the Y chromosomes of the current living humans, it has been suggested that all females living today can be traced to a single female (Mitochondrial Eve) at around 140,000 years ago and all the males can be traced to a single male (Y-chromosomal Adam) at 60,000 to 90,000 years ago. It is notable that the 'Adam'(father) and 'Eve' (mother) of current living humans were not alive at the same time.

2. Did you know that embryos in some species of turtles do not have sex chromosomes at the time of fertilization? In them, the sex is determined by temperature.

   
 

Events

 

1. World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress, 21-23 May 2012, Victoria Park Plaza, London, UK. For details Click here.

2. Gene Regulatory Networks conference, 24 May 2012, Genome Institute of Singapore, Singapore. For details Click here.

3. 4th International Congress on Stem Cells and Tissue Formation- Quantitative Stem Cell Biology - From Models to Applications, 18th -20th July, 2012, Dresden (Germany). For details Click here.

4. SPINE 2012 , 13 - 16th September, 2012, Le Royal Meridian, Chennai For details Click here.

5. NCRM NICHE 2012, 13 Oct, 2012, Savera Hotels, Chennai For details Click here.

6. Nov 29-30, 2012; 7th Annual ConGress of the German Ssociety for Stem Cell Research, Leipzig, Germany. For details Click here.

 
   

Quote Corner:

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'”

-Isaac Asimov

     
   

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