Archive for January, 2013

New Life for Embryonic Stem Cells

Embryonic stem cell science got a boost this month as Advanced Cell Technology announced on January 8 that investigators for its Phase I/II clinical trials for its human embryonic stem cell product could help rebuild the cells that support photoreceptors …

Louise Purton Aiming to Increase Stem Cells

A researcher from St Vincent’s Institute in Melbourne has now been looking for ways to boost the number of stem cells taken out from umbilical cord blood. A recent report has uncovered that Associate Professor Louise Purton would increase not only the …

Kan. kangaroo gets stem cell treatment

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A kangaroo at a central Kansas wildlife refuge has undergone a stem cell treatment to repair an injured leg. The Salina Journal reports (http://bit.ly/WDe3ar) that vets at Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure performed the procedure …

Study Released on Economic Impact of Agency’s Stem Cell Research

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has released an independently produced economic impact study measuring the stem cell agency’s financial impact on the state. The study, conducted by Emeryville-based global consulting firm Berkley …

TB hideout found inside stem cells

New Delhi, Jan. 31: Scientists, using bone marrow samples from members of the Idu Mishmi tribe in Arunachal Pradesh, have discovered the hideout in the human body where tuberculosis bacteria can lie dormant for years. A collaborative study by Indian and US …

Zebrafish stem cells could heal human retinas

Toronto, Feb 1 (IANS) Stem cells from zebrafish, the staple of genetic research, could regenerate damaged cones in retinas and restore eyesight to people. Rods and cones in the eyes are the most important photoreceptors. In humans, rods provide night …

Stem cell agency to change grant system

The governing board of California's stem cell funding agency has voted to overhaul how it distributes scientific grants after critics raised concerns that too many board members represented schools that have won funding.

Controversial Stem-Cell Company Moves Treatment out of U.S.

US citizens who had pinned their hopes on a company being able to offer stem-cell treatments close to home will now need to travel a little farther. Celltex Therapeutics of Houston, Texas, stopped treating patients in the United States last year following a warning from regulators. A 25 January e-mail to Celltex customers indicates that the firm will now follow in the footsteps of many other …

Researchers decipher a key circuit in regulating genes involved in producing blood stem cells

Researchers have deciphered one of the gene regulation circuits which would make it possible to generate hematopoietic blood cells, i.e. blood tissue stem cells. This could benefit patients with leukemia or other diseases requiring a transplant who do not have compatible donors.

Stem cell research helps find origins of schizophrenia

Arrows point to cell nuclei in human embryonic stem cells in which a fibroblast growth factor receptor protein, (FGFR1), targets diverse genes implicated in schizophrenia.