Tag Archives: Cell biology

Stem cell injections after a heart attack restore the heart to a healthy state

Until recently, when a patient suffering a heart attack arrived at a hospital, doctors could open the blocked blood vessel and restore blood flow to prevent further damage. But there was nothing they could do to reverse the harm already done. That damage — scarring that can kill up to 50 percent of the heart — leaves patients with difficulty breathing, loss of energy and the inability to do things such as walk up stairs. Some patients need transplants. And some end up with hearts so weak they die.

The solution: Now doctors can repair that damage. In
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New Thyroid Therapies by Stem Cells

A recent report published in the medical journal Stem Cell Reports, sheds light on breakthrough research regarding the use of thyroid cells derived from stem cells for new therapies. Scientists at Boston University’s School Medicine led the work.

They have pinpointed a means of efficiently engineering thyroid cells by way of stem cells that will eventually help analyze and treat thyroid diseases (…)

The breakthrough described above was discovered after studies were performed on mice. Stem cells are valued as they can mature into an array of different cell types.

Nitte sets up Stem Cell Research centre

To meet the industry needs and to benefit students and research scholars, Nitte University has set up the a centre for stem cell research at K S Hedge Medical Academy (Kshema).

The Nitte University Centre for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine (NUCSReM), has been established to further advance the understanding of stem cell biology and to facilitate clinical application of stem cells to treat patients with various ailments, says N Vinaya Hegde, chancellor, Nitte University.

Growing Spinal Discs, in Stem Cell Journal

Two professors made Clarkson University history when their research on stem cells was published in a prestigious journal from Cell Press.

Professor Thomas Lufkin, the Bayard and Virginia Clarkson Endowed Chair in Biology (left); and Research Assistant Professor of Biology Petra Kraus.Professor Thomas Lufkin, the Bayard and Virginia Clarkson Endowed Chair in Biology, and Research Assistant Professor of Biology Petra Kraus published a research paper in Cell Stem Cell on transforming cells into embryonic stem cells.

Professors strive to publish in journals that have the highest impact factors which are cited many times per year, Lufkin said, and this is the
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Stem Cells “food”

Revolutionary as they may be, stem cells cannot escape the need for food. And until now, that food has represented a costly part of developing stem cells.

But that is about to change. The East Greenbush-based Neural Stem Cell Institute has developed a new substance that will substantially lower development costs.

“Stem cells are unstable,” as Christopher Fasano, the Institute’s director of research and development, says. He explains that they need a constant supply of food and a substance called a “growth factor,” or they start developing into different types of body tissues on their own, and cease being useful to
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