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  • Adriana was born in Italy in 2009 after an in vitro fertilization and her parents were finally achieving the dream of their lives. Everything appeared to be fine with the pregnancy until the last moment when the mother started to feel contractions and ran to the clinic. She had forgotten to bring the kit for […]

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  • When stem cells are used to regenerate bone tissue many migrate away from the repair site. A research team led by Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Danielle Benoit, at the University of Rochester (USA), has used a technique that keeps the stem cells in place resulting in faster and better tissue regeneration. Hydrogel polymers are […]

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  • Far from being sharply divided, the American people are in broad support of more stem cell research, according to the results of an online survey released by Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®) to coincide with National Cord Blood Awareness Month. The poll included responses from 1,130 individuals to reveal: their belief in the need for continued research […]

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  • The latest clinical trial to explore the therapeutic potential of cord blood launched this month with a focus on autism. This is a very big deal because autism is a very common condition. In recent years the number of children with autism has been rising, and no one knows why. A few months ago the […]

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  • During the last 25 years, stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood have been used in more than 30,000 transplants performed worldwide for the treatment of over 80 diseases and disorders in both adults and children. The evolution of stem cell therapies has paved the way for further research being conducted through FDA-regulated clinical trials […]

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  • A new study describes the complexity of the new T cell repertoire following immune-depleting therapy to treat multiple sclerosis, improving our understanding of immune tolerance and clinical outcomes. In the Immune Tolerance Network’s (ITN) HALT-MS study, 24 patients with relapsing, remitting multiple sclerosis received high-dose immunosuppression followed by a transplant of their own stem cells, […]

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  • Enhancing the brain’s inherent ability to rebuild itself after a stroke with molecular components of stem cells holds enormous promise for treating the leading cause of long-term disability in adults. Michael Chopp, Ph.D., Scientific Director of the Henry Ford Neuroscience Institute, presented this approach to treating neurological diseases at the American Heart Association’s International Stroke […]

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  • Foreskin-derived stem cells have therapeutic potential for the currently untreatable condition congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD), according to a proof of concept study published in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy. CMD is a group of genetic conditions that usually presents at, or soon after, birth resulting in muscle weakness. There is currently no cure […]

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  • Talk about speedy work. Hot on the heels of the news that simply dipping adult mouse cells in acid could turn them into cells with the potential to turn into any cell in the body, it appears that the same thing may have been done using human cells. The picture above, given to New Scientist […]

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  • Tissue that is typically discarded in routine hip replacement operations may offer a rich untapped source of stem cells that could be banked for later use in regenerative medicine, where patients’ own cells are used to treat disease or repair failing organs. This was the implication of a new study led by the University of […]

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  • It’ll make you cry, or salivate. Takashi Tsuji at Tokyo University of Science in Japan, and colleagues have created tear and salivary glands from stem cells and successfully transplanted them into adult mice. The technique could one day be used in humans to replace glands lost through age or illnesses such as autoimmune disease and […]

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  • Why rely on mouse brains to help us understand our most complex organ when you can grow a model of a human one? Tiny “brains” that include parts of the cortex, hippocampus and even retinas, have been made for the first time using stem cells. The 3D tissue structures will let researchers study the early […]

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