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Researchers Identify Major Obstacle to Converting Cells Back to Their Youthful State

January 31, 2014

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Researchers from Yale University have identified a major obstacle to converting cells back to their youthful state — the speed of the cell cycle, or the time required for a cell to divide. A fundamental axiom of biology used to be that cell fate is a one-way street — once a cell commits to becoming […]

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Researchers Convert Human Stem Cells to Functional Lung Cells

December 3, 2013

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In a newly published study, researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center detail how they successfully converted human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells for the first time. New York, New York — For the first time, scientists have succeeded in transforming human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells. The advance, […]

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Researchers Generate Kidney Structures from Human Stem Cells

November 19, 2013

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Researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have generated three-dimensional kidney structures from human stem cells, opening new avenues for the future application of regenerative medicine strategies. La Jolla, California — Diseases affecting the kidneys represent a major and unsolved health issue worldwide. The kidneys rarely recover function once they are damaged by disease, […]

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Scientists Demonstrate Efficient Method for Converting Fat Cells to Liver Cells

October 22, 2013

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Using adipose stem cells from human liposuction aspirates, scientists have developed a fast, efficient way to turn cells extracted from routine liposuction into liver cells. In a feat of modern-day alchemy with huge potential for regenerative medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine scientists have developed a fast, efficient way to turn cells extracted from routine […]

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Scientists Grow Human Brain Tissue in a 3D Culture System

August 29, 2013

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By using a new method, which modified an established approach to generate so-called neuroectoderm, scientists were able to grow human brain tissue in a three-dimensional culture system. Complex human brain tissue has been successfully developed in a three-dimensional culture system established in an Austrian laboratory. The method described in the current issue of Nature allows […]

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Researchers Transform Human Scar-Tissue into Heart-Muscle Cells

August 22, 2013

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A newly published study from scientists at the Gladstone Institutes details how researchers transformed the class of cells that form human scar tissue into those closely resembling beating heart cells. In the aftermath of a heart attack, muscle cells within the region most affected shut down. They stop beating. They die. And they become entombed […]

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Researchers Sequence Genome of Human’s Closest Invertebrate Relative

August 20, 2013

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Stanford researchers have sequenced the genome of mankind’s closest invertebrate relative, Botryllus schlosseri – a small sea creature that can regenerate its entire body from its blood vessels alone. At first glance, Botryllus schlosseri has very little in common with humans. The small sea creature fuses together with others to form colonies that look like […]

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Cardiac Stem Cells Offer New Ways to Prevent and Treat Heart Failure

August 19, 2013

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A newly published study shows for the first time that if cardiac stem cells are eliminated, the heart is unable to repair itself after damage. Researchers at King’s College London have for the first time highlighted the natural regenerative capacity of a group of stem cells that reside in the heart. This new study shows […]

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Human Heart Precursor Cells Regenerate Decellularized Mouse Heart

August 14, 2013

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A newly published study details how researchers used human heart precursor cells to get a decellularized mouse heart to beat again. Pittsburgh – For the first time, a mouse heart was able to contract and beat again after its own cells were stripped and replaced with human heart precursor cells, said scientists from the University […]

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p27: A Marker for Breast Cancer?

August 12, 2013

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Researchers are in the final stages of testing p27, a mammary gland progenitor marker that they believe could lead to the commercial development of a clinical test for breast cancer risk. An international scientific collaborative led by the Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s Kornelia Polyak has discovered why women who give birth in their early 20s […]

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Researchers Identify Stem Cells in Urine That Can Be Directed to Become Multiple Cell Types

August 1, 2013

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In a newly published study, researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center detail how they successfully directed stem cells from urine to become bladder-type cells, such as smooth muscle and urothelial, the cells that line the bladder. Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Could harvesting stem cells for therapy one day be as simple as asking […]

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Stem Cell Study Reveals the Brain-Protective Powers of Astrocytes

July 23, 2013

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A newly published stem cell study from UC Davis uncovers the brain-protective powers of astrocytes, finding that astrocytes can protect brain tissue and reduce disability due to stroke and other ischemic brain disorders. Sacramento, California – One of regenerative medicine’s greatest goals is to develop new treatments for stroke. So far, stem cell research for […]

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