Archive for May, 2009

Combined stem cell-gene therapy approach cures human genetic disease in vitro

A study led by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, has catapulted the field of regenerative medicine significantly forward, proving in principle that a human genetic disease can be cured using a combination of gene therapy and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell technology. The study, published in the May 31, 2009 early online edition of Nature, is a major milestone on the path from the laboratory to the clinic.

In a twist, stem cell rules alarm researchers

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama lifted restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic-stem-cell research in March, many scientists hailed the move as a long-awaited boost for one of the most promising fields of medical research.

Adult stem cell research moving forward, but still slow

Sierra Fedelem may look like any other 20-month-old, but her parents are doing everything they can to make sure her life is just like that of any other healthy human being. Stem cell research has stirred quite the controversy in the United States …

Heart Tissue Repaired By Injecting Adult Bone Marrow Stem Cells Into Skeletal Muscle

University at Buffalo researchers have demonstrated for the first time that injecting adult bone marrow stem cells into skeletal muscle can repair cardiac tissue, reversing heart failure. Using an animal model, the researchers showed that this non-invasive procedure increased myocytes, or heart cells, by two-fold and reduced cardiac tissue injury by 60 percent.

Stem Cells and Torture

Let’s start with stem cells. That may seem a strange place to begin thinking about torture, but many bioethical issues are at least as controversial and disputed as torture. Among the most controversial in recent years has been research that destroys …

Genzyme's Mozobil gets nod for Europe approval

CAMBRIDGE – Biotechnology company Genzyme Corp. said yesterday that a panel recommended European approval for the stem cell transplant drug Mozobil. The drug is used for stem cell transplants in patients with the blood cancers non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma …

Families Are Taking Toddlers to China for Stem-Cell Treatments

Aleesha and Michael Klomp of Hanford, Calif., say they don’t need guarantees – they’re willing to take a chance so their son Gryphon Klomp, 2, might walk and grasp a spoon some day soon. Fresno mother Jennifer Schmidt has the same faith about the …

Quadriplegics Raise Money For Stem Cell Research

Stem cells are considered by many to be the key to curing disease. They start out “neutral,” but can become every kind of body tissue through “differentiation.” A South Florida woman, paralyzed for more than a decade, is reaching a milestone. While …

NIH plan for embryonic stem cells: 'Objectionable, obsolete'

The National Institutes of Health’s draft guidelines for embryonic stem-cell research support “a course of action that is both morally objectionable and, increasingly, scientifically obsolete,” the general secretary of the U.S. bishops’ conference …

Genzyme Gets Positive Opinion For Stem Cell Mobilization Drug Mozobil …

(RTTNews) – Friday, Genzyme Corp. (GENZ: News ) said the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Human Medicinal Products or CHMP has adopted a positive opinion to the marketing authorization application for Mozobil or plerixafor injection. Genzyme …