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Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In addition, in many tissues they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.

Stem cells are distinguished from other cell types by two important characteristics. First, they are unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through cell division, sometimes after long periods of inactivity. Second, under certain physiologic or experimental conditions, they can be induced to become tissue- or organ-specific cells with special functions. In some organs, such as the gut and bone marrow, stem cells regularly divide to repair and replace worn out or damaged tissues. In other organs, however, such as the pancreas and the heart, stem cells only divide under special conditions.
Instron collaborates with BRTI Life Sciences on unique biomimetic hydrogel for the tissue engineering market

Instron collaborates with BRTI Life Sciences on unique biomimetic hydrogel for the tissue engineering market

Instron, a leading provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, is collaborating with Dr. John Brekke at BRTI Life Sciences in Duluth, Minnesota. [More]
InSightec's MRgFUS system approved in Japan for treatment of women with uterine fibroids

InSightec's MRgFUS system approved in Japan for treatment of women with uterine fibroids

Elbit Imaging Ltd. announced today that it was informed by InSightec Ltd. that Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) has approved InSightec's MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) system for the treatment of pain palliation caused by bone metastases and advanced treatment for women with uterine fibroids. [More]
Oxford BioTherapeutics, Menarini Group initiate phase I study of OBT357 (MEN1112) for AML treatment

Oxford BioTherapeutics, Menarini Group initiate phase I study of OBT357 (MEN1112) for AML treatment

Oxford BioTherapeutics and Berlin Chemie/ Menarini Biotech/ Menarini Ricerche (belonging to Menarini Group) announce today that they have initiated the first-in-human clinical study of OBT357 (MEN1112), a novel enhanced antibody for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). [More]
SRY protein alters specific gender-related tissue in males before birth

SRY protein alters specific gender-related tissue in males before birth

Case Western Reserve researchers have identified a protein mutation that alters specific gender-related tissue in males before birth and can contribute to the development of cancer as well as other less life-threatening challenges. [More]
University of Louisville receives $50,000 grant for childhood cancer research

University of Louisville receives $50,000 grant for childhood cancer research

The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded a one-year, $50,000 grant to the University of Louisville (UofL). [More]
Qosina launches new Swabbable Pre-Slit Transfer Valve

Qosina launches new Swabbable Pre-Slit Transfer Valve

Qosina is pleased to announce the addition of a new Swabbable Pre-Slit Transfer Valve (80191). [More]
Study shows how stem cells can help regenerate damaged muscle after heart attack

Study shows how stem cells can help regenerate damaged muscle after heart attack

Delivering stem cell factor directly into damaged heart muscle after a heart attack may help repair and regenerate injured tissue, according to a study led by researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai presented November 18 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2014 in Chicago, IL. [More]
Cardiac stem cell treatment restores heart function damaged by Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Cardiac stem cell treatment restores heart function damaged by Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have found that injections of cardiac stem cells might help reverse heart damage caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy, potentially resulting in a longer life expectancy for patients with the chronic muscle-wasting disease. [More]
Research finding could have major implications for diabetes treatment

Research finding could have major implications for diabetes treatment

Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers, representing five Harvard departments and affiliated institutions as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have demonstrated that adult cells, reprogrammed into another cell type in a living animal, can remain functional over a long period. [More]
New test can detect bloodstream infection with unprecedented speed, sensitivity

New test can detect bloodstream infection with unprecedented speed, sensitivity

A new bloodstream infection test created by UC Irvine researchers can speed up diagnosis times with unprecedented accuracy, allowing physicians to treat patients with potentially deadly ailments more promptly and effectively. [More]

Biosafe gears up its activities in China with major expansion of Shanghai-based operations

Following the full registration of its product range by the Chinese FDA last April, Biosafe is gearing up its activities in the People's Republic of China with a major expansion of its Shanghai-based operations, including staffing and facilities consolidation. [More]
Researchers find key mechanism that could lead to new effective treatments for leukemias

Researchers find key mechanism that could lead to new effective treatments for leukemias

Researchers have identified two proteins that appear crucial to the development -- and patient relapse -- of acute myeloid leukemia. They have also shown they can block the development of leukemia by targeting those proteins. [More]
Scientists use Rapid Heme Panel test to identify right treatment for leukemia, other blood cancers

Scientists use Rapid Heme Panel test to identify right treatment for leukemia, other blood cancers

For patients with aggressive types of leukemia and other blood cancers, quickly identifying and starting the right treatment can make all the difference. [More]
USC researcher receives first Broad Fellowship to study kidney stem cells

USC researcher receives first Broad Fellowship to study kidney stem cells

What makes stem cells develop into kidneys? Lori O'Brien, a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Andy McMahon, has received the first Broad Fellowship to help answer this question. [More]
First steps in the origin of pancreatic cancer identified by Mayo Clinic researchers

First steps in the origin of pancreatic cancer identified by Mayo Clinic researchers

Researchers at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville say they have identified first steps in the origin of pancreatic cancer and that their findings suggest preventive strategies to explore. [More]
Actimab-A extends overall survival, reduces bone marrow blasts in older AML patients

Actimab-A extends overall survival, reduces bone marrow blasts in older AML patients

Interim data from an ongoing Phase I/II trial of Actimab-A, an innovative targeted payload immunotherapy, demonstrated a number of positive findings, including extension of overall survival and significant reductions in bone marrow blasts in older patients with newly diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). [More]
UCSD researchers describe surprising role of protein in embryonic development

UCSD researchers describe surprising role of protein in embryonic development

Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) give rise to all blood and immune cells throughout the life of vertebrate organisms, from zebrafish to humans. But details of their genesis remain elusive, hindering efforts to develop induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) replacements that might address a host of blood disorders. [More]
Induced neural stem cells hold promise for therapeutic transplantation

Induced neural stem cells hold promise for therapeutic transplantation

Induced neural stem cells (iNSCs) created from adult cells hold promise for therapeutic transplantation, but their potential in this capacity has been limited by failed efforts to maintain such cells in the desirable multi-potent NSC state without continuous expression of the transcription factors used initially to reprogram them. [More]
McLean Hospital lab explores use of stem cell therapy to treat epilepsy

McLean Hospital lab explores use of stem cell therapy to treat epilepsy

McLean Hospital and Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists have new evidence that stem cell transplantation could be a worthwhile strategy to help epileptics who do not respond to anti-seizure drugs. [More]

Researchers edging closer to first ever stem cell transplants for people with Parkinson's disease

A major breakthrough in the development of stem cell-derived brain cells has put researchers on a firm path towards the first ever stem cell transplantations in people with Parkinson's disease. A new study presents the next generation of transplantable dopamine neurons produced from stem cells. These cells carry the same properties as the dopamine neurons found in the human brain. [More]