Researchers develop method of directing stem cells to increase bone formation and bone strength

February 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A research team led by UC Davis Health System scientists has developed a novel technique to enhance bone growth by using a molecule which, when injected into the bloodstream, directs the body’s stem cells to travel to the surface of bones. Once these cells are guided to the bone surface by this molecule, the stem cells differentiate into bone-forming cells and synthesize proteins to enhance bone growth. The study, which was published online today in Nature Medicine, used a mouse model of osteoporosis to demonstrate a unique treatment approach that increases bone density and prevents bone loss associated with aging and estrogen deficiency.

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Bush embryonic stem cell lines different from newly derived cell lines

November 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Established human embryonic cell lines, including those approved for federal research funding under former President George W. Bush, are different than newly derived human embryonic stem cell lines, according to a study by UCLA stem cell researchers.

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UCLA stem cell scientists uncover for the first time why the human heart can’t regenerate itself

August 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Study has implications for reprogramming human cardiac myocytes to replace damaged heart muscle

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