February 21, 2012
The Celltex Affair
The stem-cell tourism industry is not exactly renowned for ethical probity, much less scientific rigor. Given its reputation for peddling untested remedies to desperate patients, not to mention its starring role in several sting operations on 60 Minutes, a few eyebrows went up when one of the nation’s leading journals of medical ethics relocated to the offices of a commercial stem cell clinic in Sugar Land, Texas. (Slate)
February 20, 2012
How significant are developments in making Alzheimer’s brain cells in the lab?
Dementia has been described as a “time bomb” in society. As more people are living longer, more are being affected by the illness which slowly but surely annihilates brain function. (BBC News)
February 15, 2012
U.S. begins stem cell trial for hearing loss
U.S. researchers have begun a groundbreaking trial to test the potential of umbilical cord blood transplants, a kind of stem cell therapy, to treat and possibly reverse hearing loss in infants. (Vancouver Sun)
February 14, 2012
Stem Cell Therapy Could Regenerate Damaged Heart Muscle After Heart Attacks
A promising stem cell therapy approach could soon provide a way to regenerate heart muscle damaged by heart attacks. (ABC News)
February 8, 2012
Genetic Parkinson’s disease brain cells made in lab
Scientists in the US have successfully made human brain cells in the lab that are an exact replica of genetically caused Parkinson’s disease. (BBC News)
Hepatitis Research May Benefit From Stem Cells
Hepatitis C is a viral disease that leads to inflammation and organ failure. However, researchers are puzzled as to why some individuals are very susceptible to the disease, while others are not. (Medical News Today)
Treating Brain Injuries With Stem Cell Transplants – Promising Results
The February edition of Neurosurgery reports that animal experiments in brain-injured rats have shown that stem cells injected via the carotid artery travel directly to the brain, greatly enhancing functional recovery. (Medical News Today)
February 6, 2012
3D printer provides woman with a brand new jaw
An 83-year-old Belgian woman is able to chew, speak and breathe normally again after a machine printed her a new jawbone. Made from a fine titanium powder sculpted by a precision laser beam, her replacement jaw has proven as functional as her own used to be before a potent infection, called osteomyelitis, all but destroyed it (New Scientist)
February 2, 2012
Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise for Stroke, Studies Say
Treating stroke patients with stem cells taken from their own bone marrow appears to safely help them regain some of their lost abilities, two small new studies suggest. (US News and World Report)
January 31, 2012
Skin transformed into brain cells
Skin cells have been converted directly into cells which develop into the main components of the brain, by researchers studying mice in California. (BBC News)
January 30, 2012
Military Masks Could ‘Give Injured Soldiers Their Faces Back’
This is how the military might treat burned faces in 2017: A mask, worn for several months, that’s layered with sensors, actuators and a regenerative elixir — including stem cells — to regrow missing facial tissue. (Wired)
January 26, 2012
Researchers replicate Alzheimer’s disease neurons with stem cells
Scientists have successfully replicated Alzheimer’s disease neurons with stem cells for the first time in a landmark, multi-year study – an achievement that may lead to critical new understanding of the disease, the scientists said. (Fox News)
January 24, 2012
Stem Cell Treatment For Blindness Shows Promise In Trials
The first published results of trials using cells derived from human embryonic stem cells appear to show they have passed an initial safety hurdle. (Medical News Today)
January 20, 2012
S. Korea approves sales of new stem cell drug
South Korea’s government drug agency cleared the way Thursday for commercial sales of what it called the world’s first approved medicine using stem cells collected from other people. (AFP)
January 19, 2012
Brain Support Cells From Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
For the first time ever, stem cells from umbilical cords have been converted into other types of cells, which may eventually lead to new treatment options for spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, among other nervous system diseases. (Medical News Today)
Artificial Testicle Could Make Sperm for Infertile Men
Researchers in California are attempting to make an artificial testicle that will produce human sperm. (ABC News)
January 18, 2012
New Issue of Stem Cells is Now Available
Stem Cells (Volume 30, Issue 1, January 2012) is now available by subscription only.
- “Our Top 10 Developments in Stem Cell Biology over the Last 30 Years” by Lyle Armstrong, Majlinda Lako, Noel Buckley, Terry R.J. Lappin, Martin J. Murphy, Jan A. Nolta, Mark Pittenger and Miodrag Stojkovic, 2-9.
- “Embryonic Stem Cells Versus Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: The Game Is On” by Mira C. Puri and Andras Nagy, 10-14.
- “Concise Review: Genomic Stability of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells” by Kristen Martins-Taylor and Ren-He Xu, 22-27.
- “The Magic Act of Generating Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: Many Rabbits in the Hat” by Gustavo Mostoslavsky, 28-32.
- “Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Versus Embryonic Stem Cells: Close Enough or Yet Too Far Apart?” by Josipa Bilic and Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, 33-41.
- “Cord Blood Banking, Transplantation and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell: Success and Opportunities” by Mahendra Rao, Lars Ahrlund-Richter and Dan S. Kaufman, 55-60.
January 13, 2012
Synthetic Windpipe Is Used to Replace Cancerous One
Surgeons in Sweden have replaced the cancerous windpipe of a Maryland man with one made in a laboratory and seeded with the man’s cells. (NY Times)
January 12, 2012
Flexible Adult Stem Cells, Right There In Your Eye
In the future, patients in need of perfectly matched neural stem cells may not need to look any further than their own eyes. (Medical News Today)
Type 1 Diabetes Reversed With Stem Cells From Cord Blood
Stem cells from cord blood “re-educated” the immune system T cells of people with type 1 diabetes so their pancreas started producing insulin again, thereby reducing the amount of insulin they needed to inject. (Medical News Today)
January 11, 2012
China Stops Unapproved Stem Cell Treatments
China has ordered a halt to all unapproved stem cell treatments and clinical trials, state media reported on Tuesday, as Beijing seeks to rein in the largely untested stem cell therapies now on offer across the country. (Fox News)