Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

News Letter - 39                       vol.2; iss.22                              14 Dec 2011



1. Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells prove safe in research on Pigs

A recent study has proven that Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs ) generated from pigs do not cause tumour formation in these pigs and also pigs created from these stem cells when bred demonstrated that these stem cells could pass to the offsprings. All these make pigs as better models for stem cell studies than rodents. Click to read more...

2. Cellular Automaton Model to describe behavior of hair follicles

University of South California scientists along with Oxford University mathematicians have created a predictive cellular automaton model which has helped to study the population behavior of hair follicles in humans and other species. These studies could pave way for new approaches targeting the hair follicle environment rather than implanting the stem cells in conditions like androgenic alopecia or male baldness. Click to read more...

3. Tracing the Origin of Blood Stem Cells

A research team from the University of Pennsylvania has made signifinificant advances into the developmental aspects of blood stem cells wherein, the study states that the progenitors of red blood cells, nonlymphocytic group of white blood cells and that of the blood stem cells originate from distinct populations of endothelial cells. Click to read more...

4. Gene that regulates olfactory stem cells which generate cells for smell identified

Researchers have identified a genetic trigger that tells the stem cells of the nose to renew them and this could help in developing therapies for people who lose their smell with advancing age or trauma. Click to read more...

5. FT1050 treated blood stem cells for better engraftment in umbilical cord blood transplantation

A Phase I clinical trial has shown that blood forming stem cells of the umbilical cord when treated with a nature derived compound called FT1050 are able to engraft more quickly and produce successful results. Click to read more...

6. Novel Bioprocess design enables mass production of Liver and Pancreas Precursor Cells

Techniques developed by University of Toronto researchers to detect cell inefficiencies and an understanding of cellular dynamics has helped these researchers to develop a novel bioprocess design to increase the production upto 35 fold, of the pluripotent stem cells which could give rise to cells of the liver and pancreas.Click to read more...

7. Controlled release of growth factors by Gelatin Beads enables tissue engineering of Cartilage

Incorporating tiny gelatin beads with growth factors into self-assembling sheets of mesenchymal stem cells helps in formation of stiffer cartilage than previously described tissue engineering methods, according to a study published in the Journal of Controlled Release. Click to read more...

8. Heart resident mesenchymal stem cells for cardiac repair

Research in mice has confirmed the presence of heart resident mesenchymal stem cells and the next step is to develop therapies to stimulate these stem cells to help the heart heal by itself. Click to read more...

9. Stem Cells from the tooth causes marked recovery of function in rats with spinal cord Injury

Teeth stem cells could be useful to treat spinal cord injury according to researchers in Japan who have observed that dental pulp stem cells when injected into spinal cord injured rats helped these rats to regain hind limb function in a marked manner. Click to read more...

10. Technique using patient’s own stem cells to treat Sickle Cell disease

Scientists have used a novel gene correction technique to correct the defect in beta globin gene in the iPSCs generated from patients with sickle cell diseases. This promising approach could help in treating Sickle cell disease in the future. Click to read more..


1. It is a fact that one characteristic which all mammals share is “ Five digits per limb either complete or Vestigial”

2. Did you know that the original title of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species is “On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”




1. 2nd International Conference on Biology, Environment and Chemistry ICBEC 2011 December 28-30, 2011, Dubai, UAE. For details Click here..

2. Cell Culture World Congress 2012 28 February - 1 March 2012, Eurostars Grand Central - Munich, Germany. For details Click here..

3. International Conference of Angiogenesis: Basics and Applications, 1st to 3rd March 2012 , Chennai, India. For details Click here..

4. Till & McCulloch Meetings, Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 30-May 2, 2012. For details Click here..

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



Quote Corner:

“Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason. ” - Leonardo da Vinci


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