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Stem Cell Tutorial

Potential uses of human stem cells and the obstacles that must be overcome

There are many ways in which human stem cells can be used in research and the clinic. Studies of human embryonic stem cells will... 

May 14, 2015 | Read the story »

A deeper look at induced pluripotent stem cells

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are adult cells that have been genetically reprogrammed to an embryonic stem cell–like state... 

April 21, 2015 | Read the story »

Comparing similarities and differences between embryonic and adult stem cells

Human embryonic and adult stem cells each have advantages and disadvantages regarding potential use for cell-based regenerative therapies.... 

April 12, 2015 | Read the story »

Describing adult stem cells

An adult stem cell is thought to be an undifferentiated cell, found among differentiated cells in a tissue or organ. The adult stem... 

April 2, 2015 | Read the story »

What are embryonic stem cells and how are they grown?

A. What stages of early embryonic development are important for generating embryonic stem cells? Embryonic stem cells, as their name... 

March 11, 2015 | Read the story »

What are the unique properties of stem cells that make them so special?

Stem cells differ from other kinds of cells in the body. All stem cells—regardless of their source—have three general properties:... 

March 11, 2015 | Read the story »

Cancer Treatment

Blocking differentiation is enough to give cells ‘stemness’

Though immune therapy and regenerative medicine are promising areas of research for future medical therapies, they are limited today... 

October 23, 2015 | Read the story »

Investigators create complex kidney structures from human stem cells derived from adults

Investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) have established a highly efficient... 

October 23, 2015 | Read the story »

Stem cell treatment lessens impairments caused by dementia with Lewy bodies

Neural stem cells transplanted into damaged brain sites in mice dramatically improved both motor and cognitive impairments associated... 

October 19, 2015 | Read the story »

A step forward in obtaining blood stem cells in laboratory

An international study led by researchers from IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) published in the journal Nature... 

October 14, 2015 | Read the story »

Organs & Bones

Investigators create complex kidney structures from human stem cells derived from adults

Investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) have established a highly efficient... 

October 23, 2015 | Read the story »

High dose chemo & stem cell transplantation results in long-term survival for amyloid patients

Patients with Light-chain (AL) amyloidosis who are treated with high-dose chemotherapy (melphalan) and autologous (one’s own)... 

October 10, 2015 | Read the story »

Johns Hopkins biologist leads research shedding light on stem cells

A Johns Hopkins University biologist has led a research team reporting progress in understanding the mysterious shape-shifting ways... 

October 8, 2015 | Read the story »

Sticky gel helps stem cells heal rat hearts

A sticky, protein-rich gel created by Johns Hopkins researchers appears to help stem cells stay on or in rat hearts and restore their... 

September 28, 2015 | Read the story »

Transform & Regenerate

Scientists find a groovy way to influence specialization of stem cells

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have shown for the first time that the specialised role stem cells go on to perform... 

December 18, 2013 | Read the story »

Mayo Clinic and collaborators develop new tool for transplanting stem cells

Mayo Clinic researchers and colleagues in Belgium have developed a specialized catheter for transplanting stem cells into the beating... 

December 17, 2013 | Read the story »

Researchers unlock a new means of growing intestinal stem cells

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have shown that they can grow unlimited quantities of intestinal stem cells,... 

December 2, 2013 | Read the story »

Physical cues help mature cells revert into embryonic-like stem cells

Bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have shown that physical cues can replace certain chemicals when nudging... 

October 21, 2013 | Read the story »

Spinal Cord Treatment

New way to repair nerves: Using exosomes to hijack cell-to-cell communication

Regenerative medicine using stem cells is an increasingly promising approach to treat many types of injury. Transplanted stem cells... 

September 15, 2015 | Read the story »

Programming adult stem cells to treat muscular dystrophy and more by mimicking nature

Stem cells hold great potential for addressing a variety of conditions from spinal cord injuries to cancer, but they can be difficult... 

July 22, 2015 | Read the story »

Stem cells provide lasting pain relief in mice

Chronic pain caused by the nerve damage of type 2 diabetes, surgical amputation, chemotherapy and other conditions is especially... 

July 14, 2015 | Read the story »

Supercharging stem cells to create new therapies

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered a new method for culturing stem cells which sees the highly therapeutic... 

July 6, 2015 | Read the story »

Heart Disease

Pancreatic cancer stem cells could be ‘suffocated’ by an anti-diabetic drug

Cancer cells commonly rely on glycolysis, the type of metabolism that does not use oxygen to generate their energy however, researchers... 

September 11, 2015 | Read the story »

Discovery offers hope for treating leukemia relapse post-transplant

Targeting exhausted immune cells may change the prognosis for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) relapse after a stem cell... 

September 11, 2015 | Read the story »

Spheroid stem cell production sows hope for IPF treatment

In a small pilot study, researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated a rapid, simple way to generate large... 

September 10, 2015 | Read the story »

Researchers mimic viral infection in colon cancer stem cells

Researchers targeting colorectal cancer stem cells – the root cause of disease, resistance to treatment and relapse –... 

August 27, 2015 | Read the story »

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