Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

News Letter - 36                       vol.2; iss.19                              26 Oct 2011



1. Stem cells in gut respond to Food- reveals study

New research has revealed how when food is abundant, stem cells in the gut of fruit fly divide more rapidly, increasing the size of the gut and when food is scarce, the cells stop dividing and the gut shrinks down again. Click to read more...

2. Artificial Blood from Stem cells ready for patient use in a decade

Researchers from University of Edinburgh have claimed that artificial blood manufactured from stem cells will be at the clinical trial stage in the next three years and ready for patient use in the next 10 years Click to read more...

3. Lung stem cells deployed to combat infection or disease

Scientists from Singapore and France have cloned three distinct stem cells from the human airways and studied their potential to form lung's alveoli air sac tissue. They have also made interesting findings in these stem cells’ role in lung regeneration to combat damage from infection or chronic disease. Click to read more...

4. Engineered Cell homing for effective therapies

Researchers have developed a novel approach of chemically incorporating homing receptors onto the surface of cells for improving the efficacy of cell therapies by increasing the concentrations of these cells at target locations in the body. Click to read more...

5. Symbiotic relationships between MSCs and HSCs could improve post transplantation engraftment

A team of researchers from Japan have reported certain important molecular events in the interaction between Hematopoeitic stem cells (HSCs) and Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) and these studies will help in identification of specific molecular targets to facilitate the engraftment of these HSCs in transplantation therapy. Click to read more...

6. Genetically engineered Spider Silk for Gene Delivery

Scientists have developed genetically engineered spider silk proteins which can deliver genes of interest by specifically attaching to diseased or cancer cells thus overcoming the exisisting problem of using viral vectors for gene delivery. Click to read more...

7. Biology and engineering techniques combined for healthy skin

Scientists are working on creating a complete cutaneous surface of a human body by applying Bio-engineering and tissue engineering techniques on epidermal stem cells. Click to read more...

8. Earlier efforts Fortified towards therapies for diseases involving myelin sheath

In an article published in Nature Biotechnology, scientists have described as to how they isolated and directed stem cells from the human brain to become oligodendrocytes – the type of brain cell that makes myelin and this will help in developing therapies for Multiple sclerosis and other fatal diseases involving the myelin sheet. Click to read more...

9. New gene therapy to correct a complete mutation- A clean slate approach

Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge have for the first time cleanly corrected a gene mutation responsible for both cirrhotic liver disease and lung emphysema. Click to read more...

10. Rapid and efficient reprogramming method to generate induced pluripotent stem cells

Using new reprogramming factors, Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have been able to reprogram human skin cells into stem cells with an increased one hundred-fold efficiency compared to previous techniques and they were also able to generates cells of a higher quality at a faster rate. Click to read more...

11. New roles for Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor(VEGF)

A new study has identified the dual role of VEGF (a molecule known to regulate the formation of new vessels) in regulating skin cancer stem cells and tumor progression. Click to read more...

12. Right time to move from benchside to bedside in Stem cells for spinal cord injuries

In an exhaustive review article in Neurotheraputics, Dr. Michael Fehlings and Dr. Reaz Vawda have provided evidence that this is the right time for researchers to move beyond the lab to conduct human clinical trials for stem cells in spinal cord injury. Click to read more..

13. Breast Milk to treat devastating diseases

According to a researcher from Australia, Human breast milk contains stem cells which have the potential to help people suffering from devastating diseases such as Parkinson's disease and diabetes. Click to read more


1. Linus Pauling is one of only two people awarded Nobel Prizes in different fields (the chemistry and peace prizes) and the only person awarded two unshared prizes

  2. Did you know that it is nearly impossible for a person to keep his eyes open during a sneeze without external aid, as an autonomic reflex will shut a person's eyes when he sneezes?




1. World Stem Cell Summit;
October 3-5, 2011, Pasadena,CA. For details Click here

2. NCRM N I C H E 2011- Sixth Anniversary of Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Fujio Cup Quiz 2011, Plenary Session and Symposium on "Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine",
15th October 2011, Chennai, India. For details click here

3.2nd International Conference on Stem Cells and Cancer (ICSCC-2011)
Oct 15 -19 - Pune, India.  For details Click here

4. 2nd meeting of ACTO (Asian Cell Therapy Organization)
October 17-20, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. For details Click here


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