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Supercharging Stem Cells to Create New Therapies

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered a new method for culturing stem cells which sees the highly therapeutic cells grow faster and stronger.

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New Measurements Reveal Differences Between Stem Cells for Treating Retinal Degeneration

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By growing two types of stem cells in a “3-D culture” and measuring their ability to produce retinal cells, a team lead by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital researchers has found one cell type to be better at producing retinal cells. The research not only reveals which stem cell type might be better for treating retinal degeneration, but it also demonstrates a standardized method for quantifying the effectiveness of different stem cells for such therapies.

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Discovery of Nanotubes Offers New Clues About Cell-to-Cell Communication

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When it comes to communicating with each other, some cells may be more "old school" than was previously thought.

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Regenerative Medicine Biologists Discover a Cellular Structure That Explains Fate of Stem Cells

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UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists collaborating with University of Michigan researchers have found a previously unidentified mechanism that helps explain why stem cells undergo self-renewing divisions but their offspring do not.

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Experts on SCOTUS ACA Ruling, Fewer Side Effects for Breast Cancer Treatment, Glacial Earthquakes, and More Top Stories 26 June 2015

Other topics include resurgence of whales off southern California, treating chronic kidney disease, and a breakthrough in a heart-specific type of stem cell.

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Stem-Like Progenitor Cell That Exclusively Forms Heart Muscle

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Future therapies for failing hearts are likely to include stem-like cells and associated growth factors that regenerate heart muscle. Scientists have just taken an important step towards that future by identifying a stem-like “progenitor” cell that produces only heart muscle cells.

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Protein Plays Unexpected Role in Embryonic Stem Cells

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A protein long believed to only guard the nucleus also regulates gene expression and stem cell development

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Bioengineered Patch, Molecular “Booster” Could Improve Stem Cells Ability Treat Heart Failure

Despite the intense activity and high hopes that surround the use of stem cells to reverse heart disease, scientists still face multiple roadblocks before the treatment will be ready for clinical prime time. Researchers are now finding ways to maximize the healing potential of stem cells by helping them overcome the inhospitable conditions of a damaged heart – bringing the promise of stem cell therapy for heart disease one step closer to reality.

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Better than Stem Cells: Researchers Develop a Faster Way to Treat the Heart after a Heart Attack

For healing the heart after a heart attack, stem cell therapies show promise but are slow to implement. Researchers develop a new treatment called microsphere therapy that can be kept on-hand and administered more readily than stem cells.

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Scientists Find Way to Disrupt Brain Tumor Stem Cells

Brain tumor stem cells can resist treatment and regrow tumors, but scientists have identified a vulnerability in these cells that could lead to a new approach in battling deadly brain tumors.