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Human Stem Cell Clock Reset to Zero

In this 3D rendering of confocal images, human embryonic stem cells are identified with a pluripotency marker (NANOG, in green). DNA methylation (red) is reduced in reset cells. [Wolf Reik and Gabriella Ficz, Babraham Institute] Adult human stem cells are routinely taken back to early developmental states—but not all the way back, not to the […]

Cancer-killing stem cells engineered at Harvard

A team of Harvard Medical School scientists has engineered cells that can destroy cancer, marking another breakthrough in the red-hot realm of stem cell research. Their experiments on mice have proved that these cells secrete toxins that effectively target and kill brain tumours. Tests on humans will follow as a precursor to FDA approval. The […]

Stem cell breakthrough sparks new hope in fight against Parkinson’s

Despite massive global efforts, Parkinson’s disease continues to defy a cure. The best patients can hope for currently is relief from its crippling symptoms with drugs and brain stimulation. There is, however, some good news pointing to a possible cure involving transplantation of stem cells to repair damaged brain parts. Already researchers at Lund University […]

Stem Cells: Heralding a new era of hope

Over centuries our understandingof the brain has improved significantly. Yet the organ remains shrouded in mystery and evokes a great deal of curiosity from people of all ages—from the young to the very old. Everyone, regardless of age, wishes to have an intact memory and alertness. With the emergence of new technologies several neurological conditions […]

Now, human motor neurons from stem cells

The degeneration of neurons responsible for motor activity, known as motor neurons, leads to paralysis and even death in many diseases. However, scientists may have found a way to help the body manufacture replacement neurons for these dying cells according to a new research report. The breakthrough has been published in Nature Biotechnology by researchers […]

Researcher uses stem cells to fight Alzheimer’s

For many years researchers at the University of Michigan have been injecting stem cells into mouse brains and coming up with remarkable discoveries. The experiments are among the first attempts to examine how stem cell therapies might alter the course of Alzheimer’s, a fatal disease that afflicts millions of people around the world. The research […]

A pluri-potent breakthrough

A new class of lab-engineered stem cells that can transform into nearly all forms of tissue has been identified by researchers. These cells cluster together in “fuzzy-looking” colonies and have, therefore, been named F-class cells. Published in Nature and Nature Communications, the discovery has the potential of enabling more efficient methods of creating stem cells […]

Mastering MS with stem cells

It may be possible soon to reverse some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis using a patients’ own primitive blood cells may be able to reverse some of the effects of multiple sclerosis, a preliminary study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests. “This is certainly a positive development,” said Bruce Bebo, […]