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Texas Heart Institute’s Dr. Doris Taylor In The Forefront Of Heart Tissue Regeneration Research

Please note that Dr. Taylor uses adult stem cells, not destructive embryonic stem cells! Dr. Taylor, one of the world’s leading cell therapy and cardiac regeneration scientists, joined the THI in March 1, 2012, recruited with support from the Houston Endowment. She and her team are internationally renowned for their research on “whole organ decellularization,” … Continue reading

Brain Is Command Center for Aging | The Scientist Magazine®

But, what and when are we going to do about it? Hurry! Inflammation in the hypothalamus may underlie aging of the entire body, according to a study published today (May 1) in Nature. Over-activation of the inflammatory protein nuclear factor kB (NF-κB) in the brain region leads to a number of aging-related changes in mice, … Continue reading

Distinct niches in bone marrow nurture blood stem cells | Science Codex

The future of stem cell research: determine which conditions make the right stem cells in the body work the way we want them to, using stimulating factors for the good and suppressing the bad ones that cause cancer. “What we found was rather surprising,” Link says. “There’s not just one niche for developing blood cells … Continue reading

Scientists Explore (Adult) Stem Cells to Treat Diabetic Blindness

Great news about ethical treatment for a common complication of diabetes, from the Voice of America: Stitt, who directs the Queen’s University Center for Vision and Vascular Science, is participating in a European-led study called Repair of Diabetic Damage by Stromal Cell Administration (REDDSTAR). Researchers from the U.S., Northern Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and … Continue reading

High-priced mice for science at Texas A&M

This article from the Texas A&M newspaper describes the medical research with “knockout” mice, or mice that have a specific gene turned off. The  University’s Texas Institute of Genomic Medicine , part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences specializes in developing knockout mice strains using embryonic stem cells from mice embryos, which … Continue reading

New Class of Stem Cell-Like Cells Discovered in Spinal Cord Offers Possibilities for… — SEATTLE, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —

This is exciting, although preliminary, research results. These researchers used what is known about stem cells to look for existing cells in the spinal cord. The genes that “switch on and off” are now known for quite a few stem cell lines and they are matched against all the cell genomes that we have in … Continue reading

Ethical dilemma in fetal stem cell research – UK stroke study

“The world’s first clinical trial of brain stem cells to treat stroke has recorded no adverse effects to date, BBC News has reported. The BBC website reports that research using stem cells to treat strokes “is set to move to its next phase” after independent assessors approved continuation of the trial of the experimental treatment. … Continue reading

Conscience upheld in Arizona Courts

Without a conscience, what is a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist except a technician willing to follow the whims of law? (Again, this is not sound-bite material!) I received an e-mail from the American Defense Fund concerning the lawsuit against the State of Arizona by Planned Parenthood over a law to protect those of us in … Continue reading

S.A. blood center enters a new realm in the field of regenerative medicine | Investor Stemcell

“The Blood & Tissue Center generated $140.1 million in revenue last year, according to its annual report.” and,   GenCure is “filling a niche for a very high-growth industry and at the same time fulfilling another mission — treating patients,” Badylak said in an interview. “The field has grown so fast that the need for … Continue reading

Alcohol Math: Who Gets Drunk and Why – WSJ.com

Originally titled, “Testing the Limits of Tipsy: Many factors Alter the Effects of Alcohol; A Party Experiment” “How much alcohol does it take to get intoxicated? “Many people figure a few beers at a ballgame or a couple of glasses of wine with dinner won’t put them over the legal limit for driving. But how … Continue reading

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