Stem Cell Research News and Information

What are Stem Cells?

According to The National Institutes of Health, stem cells differ from other cell types in two primary ways. First, they are unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through cell division, sometimes after long periods of inactivity. Second, under certain physiologic or experimental conditions, they can be induced to become tissue- or organ-specific cells with special functions. In some organs, such as the gut and bone marrow, stem cells regularly divide to repair and replace worn out or damaged tissues. In other organs, however, such as the pancreas and the heart, stem cells only divide under special conditions.

See below for updated news and information regarding Stem Cells including new medical research, treatment guidelines and therapy advancements. 

Latest Stem Cell Research News and Information

Stem Cell Research News: Researchers discover BRCA1 gene is key for blood forming stem cells

(SOURCE: UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER) - Researchers at from the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that the BRCA1 gene is required for the survival of blood forming stem cells, which could explain why patients with BRCA1 mutations do not have an elevated risk for leukemia. The stem cells die before they have an opportunity to transform into a blood ...
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Stem Cell Research: Researchers use stem cells to regenerate the external layer of a human heart

(SOURCE: PENN STATE UNIVERSITY) - A process using human stem cells can generate the cells that cover the external surface of a human heart — epicardium cells — according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers. "In 2012, we discovered that if we treated human stem cells with chemicals that sequentially activate and inhibit Wnt signaling pathway, they become myocardium muscle cells," ...
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Muscular Dystrophy Research News: Stem cells police themselves to reduce scarring, study finds

(SOURCE: STANFORD MEDICINE) Stem cells produce a decoy protein to attenuate growth signals. Artificially regulating this pathway might help keep muscles supple in muscular dystrophy or during normal aging, researchers hope. Treating mice with a compound that increases the expression of an inactive protein helped them heal from injury with less scarring, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford ...
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Myelodysplastic Syndromes Research: Genetic classification offers guide to stem cell transplantation for patients with myelodysplastic syndrome

(SOURCE: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) - A blood test can indicate whether some patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) are likely to benefit from a stem cell transplant and, if so, whether the transplant should involve high or moderate doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. The findings are according to study results to be presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators at the 58th annual ...
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Pulmonary Fibrosis Research News: Study Identifies Major Cause of Pulmonary Fibrosis in Failure of Stem Cells that Repair Lungs

(CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER) According to a recent press release, Cedars-Sinai investigators have pinpointed a major cause of pulmonary fibrosis, a mysterious and deadly disease that scars the lungs and obstructs breathing. The disease, which has no known cure, appears to result from the failure of special lung stem cells that help airways recover from injury, the investigators reported in the ...
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Researchers in Australia Test Stem Cell Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease Patient

9/22/16 (ABC) As part of a clinical trial for Parkinson's disease, Australian researchers have successfully injected stem cells into the brain of a 64-year-old Victorian man. According to the researchers at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, this novel treatment is the first of its kind in the world ...
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