For people with incurable conditions, the uncertain promise of unproven treatments can outweigh the risks. As ‘stem cell tourism’ increases, one research team aims to ensure patients stay well informed – and connected to mainstream support networks.
When she was released from hospital three months after suffering a spinal injury, Natalie (not her real name) had to confront the prospect of spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair.
“I got out fairly depressed, couldn’t believe I was going to spend … life sitting in this chair, after having a fairly active life up until then, and also I was
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Scientists in Melbourne for the first time have created a human stem cell reserve in Australia using a technique that avoids destroying embryos, which was developed in Japan and the United States.
The team from the Monash medical research institute produced an induced pluripotent stem cell line (IpS) that acts like embryonic stem cells, but are derived from adult skin cells. The method used to reprogram adult stem cells developed last year in Japan and the United States allows for the production of IpSs, which are used to study degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s without having to deal
A new biomaterial that enhances the ability of stem cells to regenerate into nerves and body parts has been developed by Australian and British scientists.
The work was a result of a joint study undertaken by the researchers at the Melbourne-based Monash University and UK-based University of Warwick.
Other biomedical “scaffold” materials, which act as templates for tissue regeneration, already exist but they cannot communicate effectively with the cells they are trying to influence.
The researchers have created a more advanced material that targets specific cells and provides clear signals to these cells to enhance regeneration.
Breakthrough in Stem Cell Research for the Cornea
Stem Cell Research using the patient’s own Adult Stem Cells has brought us another great discovery- Stem Cell Contact Lens. In Australia, a group of doctors in a research study treated 3 patients who had some form of cornea problems and they all were able […]
Adult Stem Cells Improve Young Boy with Cerebral Palsy
Corey de Gregorio, a 3 year old boy from Gordonvale, Australia has improved tremendously after going to a Stem Cell research company which implanted Adult Stem Cells from cord blood into him.
Corey’s parents, Mark and Roseanne had doubts before going to China for the stem cell […]