Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

News Letter - 40                       vol.2; iss.23                              26 Dec 2011



1. Stem Cell from young mice makes aged mice live longer- A step forward in search of the elixir of youth

In an interesting study, researchers from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center genetically altered mice to become old and then injected stem cell like cells from muscle of young mice into these old mice. These stem cells made the aged mice to live longer and also seemed to improve their health. Click to read more...

2. Age related degeneration- Blame it on the defects in mitochondria of stem cells

Researchers have identified that tissue degeneration related to ageing can be attributed to the mitochondrial dysfunction in the tissue stem cells and early-anti-oxidant therapy might prove to be a useful prevention strategy. Click to read more...

3. A compound from Fish oil could be used to treat blood cancer- reveals study

Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University have observed that a compound, produced from an Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and fish oil completely cured mice with leukaemia (a deadly blood cancer) with no relapse. Click to read more...

4. Key factor that controls muscle Growth due to exercise or work

The fact that our muscles become bulky with exercise is known but scientists have identified the factor which translates the mechanical signal into the chemical signal that is responsible for this muscle growth due to exercise. Click to read more...

5. Monkeys born by mixing genes from six different monkeys- A genetic engineering feat

In a major genetic engineering breakthrough, scientists have stem cells taken directly from four-cell embryos of six different monkeys to successfully create three normal and healthy monkeys which thus will have mixed DNA from six different genetic lineages. Click to read more...

6. Stepwise mimicking matrix to control differentiation of stem cells

A research team from Japan has developed a step wise tissue differentiation mimicking matrix and using the matrix they have been also able to control the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into bone and fat lineages.Click to read more...

7. Plasma treatment of adenoviruses to inactivate them

An international research team made up of scientists from Chinese and Australian universities have shown that if viruses were exposed to Plasma (the fourth state of matter in addition to solids, liquids and gases), nearly all of the exposed viruses became inactivated. Click to read more...

8. Blood progenitors activity controlled by their daughter cells too

A new study has identified that that the blood progenitor cells in addition to signals from the niche also receive critical signals back from the daughter blood cells they create which tells them to stop differentiating.. Click to read more...

9. Identification of factors that control development of neurons in Thalamus – Towards potential therapy for stroke

Researchers have identified that Lhx2 and Lhx9 are two major factors controlling the development of neurons in the thalamus and their results will help in understanding the development of the thalamus thereby could lead to potential therapies for thalamic strokes. Click to read more...

10. Stem cell therapy to prevent age related hearing loss

In a step towards therapies for age related hearing loss, a team of scientists have found that hearing begins to decline when cells in the inner ear known as fibrocytes which usually manage levels of potassium and sodium, start to degenerate. The team is also all set to explore therapies to replace the fibrocytes. Click to read more.


1. It is a known fact that all male mules (the offspring of male donkeys and female horses) and most female mules are infertile but did you know that the reason for it? It is the different structure and number of the horse's 64 chromosomes and the donkey's 62 chromosomes which prevents the chromosomes from pairing up properly and creating successful embryos, rendering most mules infertile.

2. Did you know that certain genes called imprinted genes have different functions depending on whether they are inherited from one's father or mother? For eg. the paternally expressed gene on chromosomal region 15q11-13 is known as SNRPN while the maternally expressed gene is known as UBE3A. Paternal inheritance of a deletion of this region is associated with Prader-Willi syndrome while maternal inheritance of the same deletion is associated with Angelman syndrome




1. Cell Society 2nd Annual Clinical Meeting February 17-18 2012, San Diego, California. 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.

6. Stem Cells 2012
2nd and 3rd Feburary , San Diego, USA. For details Click here..




Quote Corner:

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction. ” - Albert Einstein


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