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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.
Novogen declares shareholder meeting results

Novogen declares shareholder meeting results

Australia-US biotechnology company, Novogen Ltd., an oncology and degenerative diseases drug development company, today announced the results of its General Meeting of Shareholders, which was held on August 12 in Sydney, Australia. [More]
Experts open new clinic to evaluate heart disease patients for participation in stem cell studies

Experts open new clinic to evaluate heart disease patients for participation in stem cell studies

Regenerative medicine experts at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have opened a new clinic to evaluate heart and vascular disease patients for participation in stem cell medical studies. [More]
Experts to debate healthy labor and delivery practices at Cedars-Sinai Birth Community Day

Experts to debate healthy labor and delivery practices at Cedars-Sinai Birth Community Day

Doctors, nurses, midwives and doulas will debate healthy labor and delivery practices - including the use of the synthetic hormone Pitocin to hasten childbirth and vitamin K to speed blood clotting in newborns -- at the third annual Cedars-Sinai Birth Community Day, Aug. 14. [More]
Researchers gain rare insight into pregnancy-associated breast cancer

Researchers gain rare insight into pregnancy-associated breast cancer

During pregnancy, certain hormones trigger specialized mammary stem cells to create milk-producing cells essential to lactation. [More]
Cardium announces review in Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology finds gene therapy for subset of heart disease patients ‘highly warranted’

Cardium announces review in Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology finds gene therapy for subset of heart disease patients ‘highly warranted’

Cardium Therapeutics, an operating unit of Taxus Cardium Pharmaceuticals Group Inc. (Trading Symbol: CRXM) has announced the publication of a review article in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology that concludes a gene therapy product promoting the growth of blood vessels is “highly warranted” to treat about 1 million U.S. heart-disease patients and 6 million more worldwide who are either ineligible or poor candidates for traditional angioplasty, stent placement or bypass surgery. [More]
Epigenetics has a large say in blood formation

Epigenetics has a large say in blood formation

Blood stem cells have the potential to turn into any type of blood cell, whether it be the oxygen-carrying red blood cells, or the many types of white blood cells of the immune system that help fight infection. [More]
Clinical trial to investigate safety of neural stem cell transplantation in patients with spinal cord injuries

Clinical trial to investigate safety of neural stem cell transplantation in patients with spinal cord injuries

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have launched a clinical trial to investigate the safety of neural stem cell transplantation in patients with chronic spinal cord injuries. [More]
New market research report provides data on Spinal Cord Injury clinical trial scenario

New market research report provides data on Spinal Cord Injury clinical trial scenario

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Spinal Cord Injury Global Clinical Trials Review, H2, 2014. [More]
BCC Research report provides detailed analyses of global stem cell market

BCC Research report provides detailed analyses of global stem cell market

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: The Global Market for Stem Cells. [More]
Novogen receives funding support to commence studies in muscular dystrophy

Novogen receives funding support to commence studies in muscular dystrophy

The Australian biotechnology company, Novogen Limited today announced receipt of funding from the FSHD Global Research Foundation as part of the Company’s efforts to find effective treatments for a range of musculo-degenerative diseases including facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD). [More]
Schizophrenia-linked genetic variations and the developing brain: an interview with Prof. Guo-li Ming

Schizophrenia-linked genetic variations and the developing brain: an interview with Prof. Guo-li Ming

How much is currently known about what happens in the developing brain that puts people at risk of schizophrenia? [More]
CRI researchers identify gene linked to several childhood cancers

CRI researchers identify gene linked to several childhood cancers

Researchers at the Children-s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern have identified a gene that contributes to the development of several childhood cancers, in a study conducted with mice designed to model the cancers. [More]
Study reveals stem cell therapy as a new potential avenue of treatment for stroke

Study reveals stem cell therapy as a new potential avenue of treatment for stroke

A stroke therapy using stem cells extracted from patients' bone marrow has shown promising results in the first trial of its kind in humans. [More]
Scientists find new clues to early detection, personalised treatment of ovarian cancer

Scientists find new clues to early detection, personalised treatment of ovarian cancer

Scientists at A*STAR's Institute of Medical Biology and the Bioinformatics Institute have found new clues to early detection and personalised treatment of ovarian cancer, currently one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose early due to the lack of symptoms that are unique to the illness. [More]
Scientists uncover new information on how stem cells in human bowel behave

Scientists uncover new information on how stem cells in human bowel behave

For the first time, scientists have uncovered new information on how stem cells in the human bowel behave, revealing vital clues about the earliest stages in bowel cancer development and how we may begin to prevent it. [More]
High school recipients receive $2,500 to support digestive disease research projects

High school recipients receive $2,500 to support digestive disease research projects

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation has announced the 2014 AGA-Eli and Edythe Broad Student Research Fellowship Award recipients. This award stimulates interest in digestive disease research among high school students by supporting budding scientists' research projects. [More]
Neurons derived from human iPSC and grafted into rats after spinal cord injury produce cells

Neurons derived from human iPSC and grafted into rats after spinal cord injury produce cells

Building upon previous research, scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veteran's Affairs San Diego Healthcare System report that neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and grafted into rats after a spinal cord injury produced cells with tens of thousands of axons extending virtually the entire length of the animals' central nervous system. [More]
Longer looks: Kentucky is health law poster child; how to negotiate a lower medical bill; the Ebola outbreak up close

Longer looks: Kentucky is health law poster child; how to negotiate a lower medical bill; the Ebola outbreak up close

About a year ago, on Aug. 22, a team of inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services arrived in Frankfort, Ky., to see if the people working out of a nondescript warehouse there were going to be able to pull off the launch of Kentucky's Obamacare health-insurance exchange. [More]
New method of growing human cells may help develop tailor-made therapies for GI conditions

New method of growing human cells may help develop tailor-made therapies for GI conditions

A method of growing human cells from tissue removed from a patient's gastrointestinal (GI) tract eventually may help scientists develop tailor-made therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and other GI conditions. [More]
Elbit Imaging announces additional updates regarding 2 proposals on agenda of annual general meeting

Elbit Imaging announces additional updates regarding 2 proposals on agenda of annual general meeting

​Elbit Imaging Ltd. announced today further to the Company's announcement dated August 5, 2014, additional updates regarding two proposals on the agenda of its annual general meeting of shareholders scheduled to be held on August 14, 2014 (the "Meeting"). [More]