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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.
New findings hold promising implications for blindness caused by limbal stem cell deficiency

New findings hold promising implications for blindness caused by limbal stem cell deficiency

Researchers at the University of Oslo have made discoveries that can have great consequences for the treatment of blindness caused by so-called limbal stem cell deficiency. [More]
Researchers find intrinsic differences in mice’s neural stem cells using image-tracking technology

Researchers find intrinsic differences in mice’s neural stem cells using image-tracking technology

One of the longstanding debates in science, that has, perhaps unsurprisingly, permeated into the field of stem cell research, is the question of nature versus nurture influencing development. [More]
Mel18 protein regulates development of heart muscle

Mel18 protein regulates development of heart muscle

It is arguably the hardest working muscle in our body and without its incessant, regular beating our organs would be starved of life-giving nutrients. [More]

AMSBIO launches PATHM2 libraries for small scale screening in developmental biology, discovery research

AMSBIO has announced the launch of PATHM2 small molecules libraries for small scale screening in developmental biology and discovery research. [More]
Study sheds light on ways to improve embryonic wound healing in humans

Study sheds light on ways to improve embryonic wound healing in humans

It's like something out of a science-fiction movie - time-lapse photography showing how wounds in embryos of fruit flies heal themselves. The images are not only real; they shed light on ways to improve wound recovery in humans. [More]
Bionomics submission of BNC101 IND for cancer treatment passes FDA review

Bionomics submission of BNC101 IND for cancer treatment passes FDA review

Bionomics Limited, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative therapeutics for the treatment of diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) and cancer, today announced that its BNC101 IND submission has passed review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). [More]
Regen BioPharma develops novel means of delivering RGBP-248 gene silencing nucleic acid to liver tumors

Regen BioPharma develops novel means of delivering RGBP-248 gene silencing nucleic acid to liver tumors

Regen BioPharma, Inc. announced today development of a novel means of delivering its patented (US Patent 8,263,571) gene silencing nucleic acid, RGBP-248, to liver tumors utilizing a clinically approved formulation as delivery system. The product in development overcomes previous hurdles with gene silencing therapeutics in which the gene silencing drug had to be delivered throughout the whole body. [More]
Four UC San Diego researchers selected to receive newly established NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

Four UC San Diego researchers selected to receive newly established NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

Four University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers have been selected to receive the newly established National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outstanding Investigator Award. The multi-million dollar awards fund new projects that have an unusual potential in cancer research over seven years. [More]
Multiple IV administration of adipose-derived MSCs may extend healthy life and lifespan

Multiple IV administration of adipose-derived MSCs may extend healthy life and lifespan

Researchers in Korea have determined the possibility that adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) may extend healthy life and lifespan by intravenous injections. [More]
Researchers identify drugs that may enhance ability of TKI dasatinib to kill human cancer cells

Researchers identify drugs that may enhance ability of TKI dasatinib to kill human cancer cells

Researchers have discovered how a common mutation in a high-risk leukemia subtype drives the cancer's aggressiveness and have identified drugs that may work with existing precision medicines to improve survival. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists led the study, which was published online today in the journal Cancer Cell. [More]
Researchers identify druggable target to potentially root out colon cancer, end relapse

Researchers identify druggable target to potentially root out colon cancer, end relapse

Researchers targeting colorectal cancer stem cells - the root cause of disease, resistance to treatment and relapse - have discovered a mechanism to mimic a virus and potentially trigger an immune response to fight the cancer like an infection. [More]
Researchers find fatty acid deposits in brains of Alzheimer's patients

Researchers find fatty acid deposits in brains of Alzheimer's patients

People with Alzheimer's disease have fat deposits in the brain. For the first time since the disease was described 109 years ago, researchers affiliated with the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) have discovered accumulations of fat droplets in the brain of patients who died from the disease and have identified the nature of the fat. [More]
Scientists generate pluripotent stem cells with more stable genomes

Scientists generate pluripotent stem cells with more stable genomes

Damaged tissue, such as pancreas, heart, and neuronal tissue, which is regenerated to treat cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, or neurodegenerative diseases. This is one of the ambitious scenarios to which regenerative medicine aspires and that is being announced as one of the great promises of twenty-first century biomedicine for the treatment of a long list of diseases affecting people today. [More]
University of Nottingham to lead £6.5m research project that aims to develop next generation biomaterials

University of Nottingham to lead £6.5m research project that aims to develop next generation biomaterials

The University of Nottingham is to lead a £6.5m research project which aims to make the leap from 2D to 3D in the development of advanced materials and realise the true potential of regenerative medicine and medical devices for the future. [More]
UCSF study reveals molecular timing mechanism of stem cells

UCSF study reveals molecular timing mechanism of stem cells

UC San Francisco researchers have for the first time developed a method to precisely control embryonic stem cell differentiation with beams of light, enabling them to be transformed into neurons in response to a precise external cue. [More]
Centenary Institute develops new therapeutic approach to prevent GVHD in blood cancer patients

Centenary Institute develops new therapeutic approach to prevent GVHD in blood cancer patients

Sydney’s Centenary Institute has developed a new therapeutic approach that could help to improve outcomes for patients undertaking treatment for blood cancer. [More]
Persistent leukemia-associated genetic mutations linked to increased risk of relapse, reduced overall survival

Persistent leukemia-associated genetic mutations linked to increased risk of relapse, reduced overall survival

In preliminary research, the detection of persistent leukemia-associated genetic mutations in at least 5 percent of bone marrow cells in day 30 remission samples among adult patients with acute myeloid leukemia was associated with an increased risk of relapse and reduced overall survival, according to a study in the August 25 issue of JAMA. [More]
Study reveals how inflammation triggers colon cancer cells to metastasize

Study reveals how inflammation triggers colon cancer cells to metastasize

A new Arizona State University research study led by Biodesign Institute executive director Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., has identified for the first time the details of how inflammation triggers colon cancer cells to spread to other organs, or metastasize. [More]

UA professor uses NSF grant to develop 3-D-printed biodegradable polymer scaffolds

Laboratory-engineered noses, jaws and ears. The stuff science fiction is made of is coming soon from a University of Akron lab. With a $390,000 NSF grant, Matthew Becker, UA professor of polymer science and biomedical engineering, is developing 3-D-printed biodegradable polymer scaffolds, the frameworks within which bone will grow, with the hope of changing the face of craniofacial reconstruction. [More]
Regen BioPharma implements gene silencing technology in killing cancer stem cells

Regen BioPharma implements gene silencing technology in killing cancer stem cells

Regen BioPharma Inc. reported today the successful implementation of its gene silencing technology, covered by patent # 8,263,571, in killing cancer stem cells. [More]
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