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‘Stem cell’ test could identify most aggressive breast cancers

March 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Testing breast cancer cells for how closely they resemble stem cells could identify women with the most aggressive disease, a new study suggests.

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Spinal cord mass arising from neural stem cell therapy

July 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A spinal mass was identified in a young woman with complete spinal cord injury 8 years after she had undergone implantation of olfactory mucosal cells in the hopes of regaining sensory and motor function. The case is reported and discussed in “Autograft-derived spinal cord mass following olfactory mucosal cell transplantation in a spinal cord injury patient. Case report,” by Brian J. Dlouhy, MD, Olatilewa Awe, MD, Rajesh C. Rao, MD, Patricia A. Kirby, MD, and Patrick W. Hitchon, MD, published today online, ahead of print, in theJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine. The authors state that this is the first report of a spinal cord mass arising from spinal cord cell transplantation and neural stem cell therapy, and they caution that physicians should be vigilant in their follow-up of patients who undergo stem cell interventions.

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Method makes it easier to separate useful stem cells from ‘problem’ ones for therapies

April 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Pluripotent stem cells can turn, or differentiate, into any cell type in the body, such as nerve, muscle or bone, but inevitably some of these stem cells fail to differentiate and end up mixed in with their newly differentiated daughter cells.

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