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Stem cell findings may offer answers for some bladder defects and disease

March 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in coaxing laboratory cultures of human stem cells to develop into the specialized, unique cells needed to repair a patient’s defective or diseased bladder.

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Scripps Florida scientists pinpoint proteins vital to long-term memory

September 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a group of proteins essential to the formation of long-term memories.

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UC Davis team ‘spikes’ stem cells to generate myelin

September 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Stem cell technology has long offered the hope of regenerating tissue to repair broken or damaged neural tissue. Findings from a team of UC Davis investigators have brought this dream a step closer by developing a method to generate functioning brain cells that produce myelin — a fatty, insulating sheath essential to normal neural conduction.

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Researchers find multiple similarities between cancer cells and induced pluripotent stem cells

September 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

UC Davis investigators have found new evidence that a promising type of stem cell now being considered for a variety of disease therapies is very similar to the type of cells that give rise to cancer. The findings suggest that although the cells — known as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) — show substantial promise as a source of replacement cells and tissues to treat injuries, disease and chronic conditions, scientists and physicians must move cautiously with any clinical use because iPSCs could also cause malignant cancer.

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Brain support cells from umbilical cord stem cells

January 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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