Blood diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma are currently treated with bone marrow transplants – a transfer of blood stem cells from a healthy person to a patient in need.
But the demand for patient-matched blood stem cells far exceeds their availability, and many patients go without. To bypass the need for donations, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers are using zebrafish and human cells to determine how to grow blood stem cells in a laboratory dish.
Whether it’s humans or zebrafish, a major player driving embryonic and blood cell development is the Wnt family of molecules. These
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Scientists genetically “reprogrammed” human skin cells to possess the same properties as those that make up the retina.
The process involved first turning them into pluripotent stem (IPS) cells, which have the potential to develop into virtually every kind of tissue in the body.
By exposing the IPS cells to a specific cocktail of chemicals, the scientists then caused them to grow into partially developed retina cells – the light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye which transmit nerve signals to the brain.
Although the work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is
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Adult Stem Cells for […]
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New Jersey resident, Michael George feels “reborn” after having his own adult stem cells implanted in him to treat his scleroderma in a new stem cell treatment. Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease which is mostly known as a skin disorder, but in it’s worst form, also attacks […]
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