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  • Adult Stem Cells from Teeth Could Heal Stroke Damaged Brains

    09/20/2008 10:43:35 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 267+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/19/08 | LifeSiteNews
    ADELAIDE, Australia, September 19, 2008 ( - Researchers within the University of Adelaide's new Centre for Stem Cell Research are aiming by the end of this year to show repair in stroke-damaged brains using stem cells taken from adult teeth. The world-leading research using dental pulp stem cells from extracted human teeth and stroke-affected rat brain tissue will be outlined as part of the launch of the Centre for Stem Cell Research. The focus of the new Centre will be on turning novel basic research into potential life-saving treatments and cures for serious conditions and diseases. The Centre will draw...
  • Obama casts light on McCain's abortion stance

    09/18/2008 8:35:44 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 27 replies · 449+ views
    Town Hall ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2008 | LIZ SIDOTI
    Republican John McCain, an abortion rights opponent with a conservative Senate record on the issue, seems content with the public's perception that he's more moderate on the subject. Democrat Barack Obama, who supports abortion rights, is only too happy to remind voters where McCain stands, but he tries to make his case without attracting too much attention. Both presidential candidates are gingerly trying to strike the right chord on abortion as they reach out to a critical voting group _ independents and moderates, primarily women in swing-voting suburban regions of crucial states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio. The candidates'...
  • Pentagon Invests $250 Million in Adult Stem Cell Research

    09/10/2008 3:42:57 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 354+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/10/08 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., September 10, 2008 ( - As scientists continue to gather evidence that adult stem-cells hold great potential for healing and rebuilding human tissue, The Pentagon has announced it is investing a quarter-billion dollars into the research, reports Pentagon plans to speed research in a five-year initiative to further unlock the ability of adult stem-cells to stop scarring, rebuild tendons and grow bones, in order to aid injured military personnel.  Adult stem-cell therapy works by harnessing the patient's own regenerative ability, since the cells are harvested from the patient's own skin, bones, or wisdom teeth.Col. Bob Vandre...
  • Joe Biden Slams Sarah Palin on Down Syndrome Son, Stem Cell Research

    09/09/2008 4:16:21 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 54 replies · 524+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/9/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Joe Biden, Barack Obama's pro-abortion running mate, is coming under fire for comments he made today attacking vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. After attacking her on abortion, Biden then slammed Palin on the birth of her son, who has Down syndrome. During her acceptance speech last week, Palin promised the parents of disabled children that she would be their advocate in the White House. Biden questioned that commitment by attacking Palin's stance on the issue of embryonic stem cell research, which has never helped a single patient. "I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are...
  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Launches New Stem Cell Research and Anti-Abortion Ads

    09/05/2008 10:04:06 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 361+ views
    life site news ^ | 09.05.08 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    WASHINGTON, September 5, 2008 ( - The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released four new print ads, two addressing stem cell research and two focusing on abortion.   The ads were initially published in the Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, and were distributed at the Democratic Convention in Denver and at the Republican Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul, by pro-life groups. The stem cell research ads highlight scientific advances using adult stem cells that are making embryonic stem cells obsolete. One ad shows a commuter running for a train, and asks: "Science is moving...
  • Stem Cell Researchers Make ALS Advances Without Destroying Human Life

    08/01/2008 4:29:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 132+ views
    Life News ^ | 8/1/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Boston, MA ( -- Researchers at Harvard and Columbia have made advances dealing with ALS and stem cells without having to destroy human life. The scientists were able to use a new technique to transform the skin cells of patients with Lou Gehrig's disease into motor neurons. The process may one day be able to create tailor-made cells to replace the damaged ones and either reverse or slow down the deadly disease. An article on the research is scheduled for the July 31 edition of the medical journal Science describes the direct reprogramming process used to make the stem cells...
  • Adult Stem Cell Research With Cord Blood Cells Eases Girls' Cerebral Palsy

    07/29/2008 4:27:33 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 169+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/29/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Though the debate over federal funding of embryonic stem cell research isn't as hot of a political topic in this presidential election, part of the reason could be the enormous success of adult stem cells. While embryonic cells still haven't helped a single patient, adult stem cells continue to perform miracles. Arizona toddler Chloe Levine had cerebral palsy and was unable to perform tasks such as holding her bottle with her right hand or crawling. After a diagnosis with a neurologist, Levine's parents say they learned she had -side hemiplegic cerebral palsy and would need nearly...
  • Getting a Lungful of Stem Cells

    07/10/2008 6:28:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 581+ views
    Treating lung diseases is a high priority--chronic lung diseases are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Now a Canadian team has successfully treated a rare, progressive lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, using the patient's own genetically-modified adult stem cells.   The company Osiris has also started a Phase II clinical trial using its adult stem cell product, Prochymal, for moderate to severe chronic obstructive lung disease. Researchers at Vermont College of Medicine have also shown that cord blood stem cells has the potential to regenerate lung tissue.
  • Understanding the Stem Cell Debate

    07/10/2008 6:08:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 117+ views
    icr ^ | Brian Thomas
    In the ongoing debate about stem cell research, few people differentiate between adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Also, few know that there are over 70 successful treatments from adult stem cells and none from embryonic.1What has many up in arms is that the production of embryonic stem cells endangers the life of a very small, but distinctly human, person. Once a human egg has been fertilized, a new cell results, called a zygote. This single cell contains all the instructions required to mature and develop a full-term baby and is therefore rightly considered an immature person. The...
  • Reliance Life readies stem cell therapies

    07/01/2008 6:54:28 PM PDT · by Coleus · 144+ views
    live mint ^ | 07.01.08
    Mumbai: Seven years after its inception amid much fanfare, Reliance Life Sciences, or RLS, is finally rolling out stem cell-based therapies in India, beginning with a treatment that can restore or improve vision. “This is the first commercial stem cell treatment in ophthalmology in the country,” said K.V. Subramaniam, CEO and president, RLS, part of the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance group. The company, which has invested around Rs1,000 crore in the business, has lined up other stem cell therapies for cardiac infarction, diabetic ulcer, and stable vitiligo or leukoderma (a skin disease), among others, to be offered in clinics in the...
  • Nobel Laureate Discovers Novelty In Intestinal Stem Cells

    06/29/2008 7:27:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 76+ views
    the med guru ^ | 06.10.08 | Daisy Sarma
    The progress in using stem cell therapy may have hit a minor bump, according to a new study. The study indicated that using stem cells to regenerate damaged tissue, a step that can be used in the treatment of diseases, may turn out to be a complicated affair, after all.  Nobel laureate and geneticist from the University of Utah Mario Capecchi conducted the study jointly with Eugenio Sangiorgi, another geneticist. It was conducted on mice and involved the use of a gene called Bm1 to indicate that adult stem cells were present in the intestine of the mice. While that...
  • Human Patients Treated for MS With Adult Stem Cells

    06/29/2008 6:33:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 272+ views
    psl group ^ | 06.11.08 | Judith Moser, MD
    NICE, France: In patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), immunosuppressive therapy followed by autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation elicited high response rates and improved quality of life for up to 6 years. The results of the study were presented here at the 18th Meeting of the European Neurological Society (ENS) by Tatiana Ionova, MD, PhD, Department of Haematology, Pirogov National Medical Surgical Center, Moscow, Russia. During the last decade, high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation has been used with increasing frequency as a therapeutic option for patients with MS. "The aim of the study was to assess...
  • Pro-Life Dem Lawmaker Blasts Embryonic Stem Cell Research Plan

    06/29/2008 6:20:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 165+ views
    national review ^ | 06.14.08 | Jack Fowler
    New York is set to spend $600 million in taxpayer dollars on stem cell research. A recently released draft plan drooling over the potential of embryonic cells to cure a variety of diseases has drawn this blast from Rev. Ruben Diaz, the state senate's sole pro-life Democrat: June 13, 2008Judy Doesschate, J.D.Director of Board OperationsWadsworth CenterNew York State Department of HealthEmpire State Plaza, Box 509Albany, NY 12208-0509Dear Ms. Doesschate:This letter is to express my response to the Empire State Stem Cell Board’s strategic framework that will guide New York State’s $600 Million, 11-year investment in stem cell research. The...
  • Media Cover Up Adult Stem Cell Research Success With Misleading Terms

    06/22/2008 11:18:04 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 126+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/20/08 | William Beckman Note: William Beckman is the executive director of the Illinois Right to Life Committee. Opinion articles like this one do not necessarily reflect the views of The June 19, 2008 headline reads “US doctors kill skin cancer with cloned T-cells.” Does this suggest that human cloning of embryonic stem cells has been successful in treating skin cancer? Absolutely not! The details of the New England Journal of Medicine report that generated this news coverage reveal that adult stem cells obtained from the patient were used. As reported in ScienceDaily, researchers “removed CD4+ T cells, a type of white...
  • Gordon Brown backs animal-human hybrids (Support expressed prior to key vote; Video incl.)

    05/18/2008 10:23:48 AM PDT · by Stoat · 6 replies · 132+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 18, 2008 | Subhajit Banerjee and agencies
    Gordon Brown backs animal-human hybrids By Subhajit Banerjee and agencies Last Updated: 2:31PM BST 18/05/2008   Gordon Brown today strongly defended the medical use of animal-human hybrid embryos, ahead of a key Commons vote on the issue. The Prime Minister said that stem cell research was an "inherently moral endeavour" and a "profound opportunity" to save and transform millions of lives. "Britain is at the forefront of this research and responsible for much of the worldwide progress," he wrote in The Observer newspaper. The premier supports scientists who want to insert the nuclei of human cells into animal eggs,...
  • Missouri Measure to Close Loopholes on Human Cloning Won't Make Ballot

    05/04/2008 11:36:11 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 57+ views ^ | 5-2-2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Jefferson City, MO ( -- A measure that responds to the 2006 Amendment 2 proposal Missouri voters narrowly approved will not make the ballot this November. The measure would prohibit somatic cell nuclear transfer, a type of human cloning practice used by scientists to create and kill human beings for research purposes. It is designed to close a pro-cloning loophole in Amendment 2 that opponents hard warned would lead to human cloning. On Friday, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that part of Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s ballot summary was “insufficient and unfair.” Carnahan released the ballot summary in...
  • Perry pledge to run in 2010 pumps up White's camp

    04/18/2008 5:21:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 428+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | April 17, 2008 | Rick Casey
    Some Republicans groaned at Gov. Rick Perry's announcement that he plans to seek another term in 2010, but Mayor Bill White's camp reacted with glee. White has made no effort to hide the fact that he is looking to run for governor after being term-limited out of the mayor's office next year. And Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the biggest vote-getter in Texas history, has been more than hinting that she plans to "come home" to run for the same office. She outlined to Texas Monthly last November a plan to resign the Senate in 2009 to make the race, while...
  • Medical Journal: Adult Stem Cell Research Trumps Embryonic in Helping Patients

    02/27/2008 4:02:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 239+ views
    Life News ^ | 2/27/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association makes it clear adult stem cell research is leading the way in providing tangible assistant to patients with a variety of ailments. The article validates bioethicists who have said the use of adult stem cells can treat a wide variety of diseases already. Richard K. Burt, M.D., of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and colleagues conducted a review of articles on both types of stem cell research. They found dozens of applications for adult stem cells appearing to justify the famous list Dr....
  • Breast milk contains stem cells

    02/23/2008 8:14:53 PM PST · by samiam1972 · 43 replies · 2,525+ views
    ScienceNetwork ^ | Monday, 11 February 2008 | Catherine Madden
    The Perth scientist who made the world-first discovery that human breast milk contains stem cells is confident that within five years scientists will be harvesting them to research treatment for conditions as far-reaching as spinal injuries, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. But what Dr Mark Cregan is excited about right now is the promise that his discovery could be the start of many more exciting revelations about the potency of breast milk. He believes that it not only meets all the nutritional needs of a growing infant but contains key markers that guide his or her development into adulthood. “We already...
  • Frozen Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Cure Toddler's Cancer

    02/12/2008 4:32:20 PM PST · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 294+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/12/08 | Hilary White
    BRISTOL, UK, February 12, 2008 ( - A two year old girl from Suffolk has been cured of a rare form of cancer using genetically matched adult stem cells from a Japanese donor. Last week, news reports around the world revealed Sorrel Mason, a toddler from Great Wratting in Suffolk suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia, received a transplant of donated cells from a frozen umbilical cord from Tokyo. Sorrel's mother, Samantha Mason, told media, "Sorrel would be dead now if she had been left untreated." The little girl was given a 30 per cent chance of survival when she was...
  • New Year's Look: The Republican Party

    01/01/2008 11:02:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 600+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | January 1, 2008 | John Xavier
    If there was ever any question as to how diverse the Republican Party is, this campaign season has answered it. The reason there are so many viable candidates in the Republican presidential primary this year is because each candidate hails from a different part of the Republican base. That Republican diversity earns a special New Year’s Look. Rudy Giuliani hails from the liberal wing of the Republican Party. The Republican liberals are regionally based in the Northeast. They think that women should have the right to choose abortion, support destructive embryonic stem cell research, and generally support homosexual rights. They...
  • Mitt wept when church ended discrimination

    12/16/2007 7:57:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 274 replies · 890+ views
    The Politico ^ | December 16, 2007 | Mike Allen
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” today that he wept with relief when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormons, announced a 1978 revelation that the priesthood would no longer be denied to persons of African descent. Romney’s eyes appeared to fill with tears as he discussed the emotional subject during a high-stakes appearance that he handled with no major blunders. “I was anxious to see a change in my church,” said the Republican presidential candidate, appearing for the full hour just two weeks ahead of the crucial Iowa caucuses. “I can...
  • Faith in Fred

    12/14/2007 11:14:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 98+ views
    The National Catholic Register ^ | December 14, 2007 | Charlie Spiering
    WASHINGTON — Fred Thompson received an important endorsement recently from the National Right to Life Committee, although enthusiasm for his campaign has faded since his high poll numbers in September. The pro-life organization announced its endorsement in November based on the Republican presidential candidate’s pro-life voting record as a former Tennessee senator. “Fred Thompson has had a strong, consistent pro-life record throughout his political career,” said Wanda Franz, president of National Right to Life. Franz also mentioned that Thompson has consistently opposed Roe v. Wade, federally funded abortions, and embryonic stem-cell research. The endorsement attracted additional interest in the Thompson...
  • New information requires rethinking on the ethics of making pluripotent cells

    11/28/2007 9:42:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 65+ views
    What’s Wrong with the World ^ | November 23, 2007 | Lydia McGrew
    Now, I know what you're thinking: So suddenly scientists discover they can indeed reprogram adult skin cells back to a pluripotent state, the pro-life community goes wild with joy, the end of the stem-cell wars seems to be in sight, and Lydia gets cold feet about biting the bullet she said she would bite on exactly this sort of reprograming. (Mixed metaphor alert.)   Those of you who slogged through my earlier ANT-OAR post will remember that I said that making pluripotent stem cells like embryonic stem cells in the lab is wrong even if it doesn't involve making and...
  • Scientist who ignited stem-cell war says it's over

    11/24/2007 10:59:45 AM PST · by wagglebee · 116 replies · 273+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 11/24/07 | WorldNetDaily
    The scientist who helped ignite cultural and political controversy with the use of embryos in stem-cell research believes his new discovery – using ordinary adult skin cells – means the war is virtually over. "A decade from now, this will be just a funny historical footnote," James A. Thomson told the New York Times in an interview. Thomson's laboratory at the University of Wisconsin was one of two that announced Tuesday a new way to turn ordinary human skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells without using a human embryo. The technique involves adding four genes to...
  • Brave New Future - Working together with stem cells.

    11/23/2007 11:53:35 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 183+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 21, 2007 | An NRO Symposium
    November 21, 2007, 1:40 a.m. Brave New FutureWorking together with stem cells. An NRO Symposium On Tuesday, two scientific journals announced news of a breakthrough that could put an end to our dead-end political debates about stem-cell research. In response to the news, National Review Online asked a group of experts: How big is Tuesday’s new somatic-cell reprogramming news? Where does the stem-cell/cloning debate go from here? How should politics respond? Here’s what they had to say. William HurlbutThe news represents very hopeful progress toward a complete resolution to the stem-cell impasse. I think the president deserves a lot...
  • What the Media Won't Tell You About Stem Cell Research

    11/22/2007 8:15:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 304+ views
    citizenlink ^ | 07/12/2005 | Dawn Vargo
    New studies threaten to undermine everything you've been told about embryonic stem cell research. The following is a must read for anyone interested in the whole story on stem cell research.  The debate over stem cell research is raging across the nation and echoing through chambers of Congress and state legislatures. Most people have heard just enough to offer an opinion to friends and neighbors; yet, the information they receive is incomplete and often inaccurate. Every new study on embryonic stem cells produces an onslaught of optimistic articles confidently proclaiming that with just a little more time and a lot...
  • Adult Stem Cell Research May Lead to Treatments for Brain Injuries, Disease

    11/02/2007 5:30:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 228+ views
    Life News ^ | 11/1/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Irvine, CA ( -- A new study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine finds another advance in the use of adult stem cells. In this case, researchers used the stem cells from the brain of a mouse to restore memory following a brain injury. The team used the neural stem cells to protect existing cells that were still healthy following the injury and to restore neuronal connections that had been damaged. Scientists were able to restore the brain to pre-damaged levels three months following the treatment. Lead researcher Mathew Blurton-Jones, a postdoctorate fellow at the university, told the...
  • The New York Times Is Ova The Top On Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    10/03/2007 1:09:24 PM PDT · by theothercheek · 8 replies · 209+ views
    Blogger News Network ^ | October 3, 2007
    In a recent editorial, The New York Times laments a “vexing” problem that is slowing embryonic stem cell research: “There are distressingly few women willing to donate their eggs for experiments at the frontiers of this promising science.” Why? Well, here’s The Times’ explanation: Many were likely deterred by the time, effort and pain required — including daily hormone injections and minor surgery — to retrieve the eggs. And they were almost certainly discouraged by the meager compensation.Although women can be paid thousands of dollars to donate eggs for fertility treatments, ethical guidelines and some state laws say they cannot...
  • Thompson has more than some think

    09/28/2007 2:47:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 151 replies · 293+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | September 28, 2007 | Leslie Snow
    I like Arthur Branch, the tough-minded district attorney I used to see on NBC's "Law & Order." I like his deep voice and his comforting Southern charm. I like his steadfast determination to seek justice and his clear sense of right and wrong. I've been less certain about Fred Thompson, the actor who played him. He mismanaged his campaign and lost a wave of momentum by delaying the announcement of his presidential bid. He traded Republican debates for late-night talk shows. He's been unspectacular on the campaign trail. But this week, something happened that's making me reconsider my assessment of...
  • Britain set to okay hybrid embryo research

    09/05/2007 4:15:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 324+ views
    One News Now ^ | September 5, 2007 | Jim Brown
    A British pro-life group warns that a new type of embryo research, likely to be approved this week by a U.K. government panel, undermines human dignity. Britain's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority is expected to give a green light this week to U.K. laboratories seeking to create the first animal-human embryos for medical research using eggs taken from dead cows. British scientists want to use the hybrid embryos in order to research genetic diseases. Anthony Ozimic, political secretary for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, opposes the embryo-destructive research. He says that an "a-nucleated" cow egg will only...
  • Alabama Woman: "I'm Living Proof that Adult Stem Cells Work Far Better than Embryonic"

    08/10/2007 2:55:19 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 957+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/10/07 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    HOUSTON, August 10, 2007 ( - An Alabama woman was successfully cured during a groundbreaking study in which adult stem cells were used to regenerate her failing heart, CitizenLink reports. Carron Morrow, a 58-year mother of two, was on a heart-transplant waiting list after she suffered a massive heart attack last year while hanging up lanterns for an outdoor event. She discovered afterwards that her heart was functioning at less than fifty percent of its normal level. Morrow was devastated by the worsening condition that made it impossible for her to walk without support. In the midst of this very...
  • Alternative to stem cells for treating chronic brain diseases

    08/03/2007 5:02:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 160+ views ^ | 07.30.07
    With ethical issues concerning use of discarded embryos and technical problems hindering development of stem cell therapies, scientists in Korea are reporting the first successful use of a drug-like molecule to transform human muscle cells into nerve cells.  Their report, scheduled for the August 8 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a weekly journal, states that the advance could lead to new treatments for stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. In the study, Injae Shin and colleagues point out that stem cell research shows promise for repairing or replacing damaged nerve cells to treat...
  • Follow the Money: Stem Cells and Subsidies

    07/08/2007 8:06:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 276+ views
    CERC ^ | 07.04.07 | Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.
    Last week the scientific world was abuzz with the news that adult stem cells could be used to regenerate tissues and cure diseases. This week, the political world is abuzz with the news of President Bush’s veto of Congressional legislation and his own alternative Executive Order for Expanding Approved Stem Cell Lines in Ethically Responsible Ways. While the Usual Suspects are busy denouncing Bush for being anti-science, the media debate completely obscures the economic interests at stake. Big bio-tech companies stand to make money from government subsidy of embryonic stem cell research. By contrast, the use of stem cells from...
  • Fat Kills Cancer: Turning Stem Cells Taken From Fat Tissue Into Personalized, Cancer-targeted...

    07/07/2007 1:13:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 856+ views
    Turning Stem Cells Taken From Fat Tissue Into Personalized, Cancer-targeted Therapeutics Researchers in Slovakia have been able to derive mesenchymal stem cells from human adipose, or fat, tissue and engineer them into "suicide genes" that seek out and destroy tumors like tiny homing missiles. This gene therapy approach is a novel way to attack small tumor metastases that evade current detection techniques and treatments, the researchers conclude in the July 1 issue of Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. "These fat-derived stem cells could be exploited for personalized cell-based therapeutics," said the study's lead investigator,...
  • Persecuted MIT Stem Cell Research Professor Locked Out of Laboratory

    07/02/2007 4:29:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 49 replies · 926+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/2/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Boston, MA ( -- A Massachusetts Institute of Technology stem cell researcher who has been denied tenure has no been locked out of his laboratory. Dr. James L. Sherley, a black associate professor of biological engineering who opposes embryonic stem cell research and human cloning, has said he is a victim of racism. Sherley has been an outspoken advocate against human cloning -- including the kind of therapeutic cloning his colleagues and other scientists want to use to create and destroy human embryos for their stem cells. He has been fighting for tenure at MIT for over two years and...
  • Debating the Embryo's Fate

    06/29/2007 9:42:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 394+ views
    CERC ^ | June 2007 | Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
    The debate over embryonic stem cell research continues to escalate in our country, and remains a topic of significant public interest. Because of this growing public interest, I am often invited to participate in public debates on stem cell research and cloning. My sparring partners are usually other scientists, politicians, or public policy experts. The debates are typically held at universities or colleges, and audiences generally have the opportunity to ask questions of both sides afterwards.  Having participated in a number of these debates over the past few years, I've been surprised by how often certain arguments are trotted out...
  • Fred Thompson Tells Pro-Life Conference He Opposes Abortion, ESCR

    06/18/2007 2:19:35 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 116 replies · 1,411+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/18/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Kansas City, MO ( -- Fred Thompson hasn't announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination for president, but he looked like one when addressing the National Right to Life convention last week. Thompson sent a video message to the 1,200 attendees and said he opposed both abortion and embryonic stem cell research. The video showed the former Tennessee senator with his wife and two young girls and he told pro-life advocates that his family helps him appreciate pro-life values. “When I was in the Senate a lot of people would come to see me and it usually would have to...
  • Scientists Hope to Treat Blindness, Adult Stem Cell Research Already Has

    06/05/2007 4:48:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 681+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/5/07 | Steven Ertelt
    London, England ( -- British scientists hope to use embryonic stem cells to cure blind patients age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among elderly people. However, other doctors have already used adult stem cell research to treat blind patients and their conditions have vastly improved. Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells within the eye play a vital role in the survival and maintenance of the rods and cones that detect light and color. Death of RPE cells may lead to the condition known as AMD. The British researchers hope to develop the embryonic stem cells, which can only...
  • Adult stem cells from human cord umbilical cord blood successfully engineered to make insulin

    05/25/2007 2:47:34 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 36 replies · 1,062+ views
    EurekAlert! News ^ | May 25, 2007 | Staff
    In a fundamental discovery that someday may help cure type 1 diabetes by allowing people to grow their own insulin-producing cells for a damaged or defective pancreas, medical researchers here have reported that they have engineered adult stem cells derived from human umbilical cord blood to produce insulin. The researchers announced their laboratory finding, which caps nearly four years of research, in the June 2007 issue of the medical journal Cell Proliferation, posted online this week. Their paper calls it "the first demonstration that human umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells can be engineered" to synthesize insulin. "This discovery tells us...
  • Phillips Plastics to help develop orthopedics with stem cells

    05/23/2007 7:46:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 208+ views
    Prescott, Wis. - Phillips Plastics Corp., a custom injection molder and materials science company based in Prescott, Wis., has entered into a collaborative agreement with a St. Paul biomedical company to develop and commercialize stem cell therapeutics for orthopedic applications.  The agreement with BioE, Inc., which develops human stem cells for drug discovery and therapeutic research, represents a convergence of medical technologies in the form of bio-devices, and has enormous potential for the orthopedic industry, according to Michael Haider, president and CEO of BioE. The companies plan to develop “orthobiologics” products from BioE's proprietary multi-lineage progenitor cell, which is derived...
  • Cleveland BioLabs Protectan CBLB612 Produces Breakthrough in Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Study

    05/23/2007 7:43:51 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 139+ views
    Earthtimes ^ | 05.21.07
    Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. (Boston Stock Exchange: CFB), today announced the results of a study of the efficacy of Protectan CBLB612, in an animal bone marrow stem cell transplantation model. Blood from healthy mice treated by Protectan CBLB612 was transplanted into mice that received a lethal dose of radiation that killed hematopoietic (bone marrow/blood production) stem cells. A small amount of blood from the CBLB612 treated mice successfully rescued the mice with radiation-induced bone marrow stem cell deficiency. 100% of the deficient mice transplanted with blood from CBLB612 treated mice survived past the 60-day mark, while 85% of the untreated deficient...
  • Stem Cells May Help Incontinence, Benefit From Stem Cells Derived From a Patient's Muscle Cells

    05/23/2007 7:42:22 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 143+ views
    Web MD ^ | 05.21.07 | Kathleen Doheny
    For the more than 13 million women in the U.S. who suffer from stress urinary incontinence, stem cells derived from their own muscle cells may improve the condition, a study shows. "Five of eight women got a modest degree of improvement, and one woman was dry," says Michael Chancellor, MD, a urologist at the University of Pittsburgh. Chancellor presented the results of a study at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Anaheim, Calif. At the same meeting, other researchers reported their efforts in obtaining stem cells from the body's fat tissue, from urine, and from human...
  • Developments in tissue engineering offer new sources for stem cell treatments

    05/23/2007 7:39:22 PM PDT · by Coleus · 100+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 05.21.07 | Wendy Isett
    ANAHEIM, Ca. (May 21, 2007) -- Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine offer future patients greater options for treatment and cure of a wide array of urologic conditions, and controversies surrounding the sources of stem cells as well as their use have fueled increased research. Developers from around the world are researching new sources and applications of stem cells. A special session for media highlighting this research was held on May 21 at 9:00 a.m. PDT and was moderated by Roger R. Dmochowski, M.D. ISOLATION OF HUMAN SPERMATOGONIAL STEM CELLS FROM TESTICULAR PARENCHYMA AND DIFFERENTIATION TOWARDS DIFFERENT TISSUES OF THE THREE...
  • Heart science on edge of breakthrough

    05/23/2007 7:34:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 160+ views
    ABC ^ | 05.22.07 | Jane Cowan
    TONY EASTLEY: If you're over 65, chances are you or your spouse has coronary artery disease. One in two older Australians have the condition and heart disease is still the number one cause of premature death and disability in this country. Scientists have already managed to create heart tissue that beats, and they believe stem cells could be the missing piece of a puzzle that will finally allow them to make a new heart muscle from a person's own tissue. Jane Cowan reports. JANE COWAN: One of the things that makes heart disease so difficult to treat is that heart...
  • Bone marrow stem cells differentiated, produced keratocan in mouse study

    05/23/2007 7:16:24 PM PDT · by Coleus · 155+ views
    OSN ^ | 05.23.07
    Stem cells derived from bone marrow and intrastromally injected into the corneas of mice can differentiate into keratocan-producing cells, according to an experimental study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati. Winston Whei-Yang Kao, PhD, and colleagues investigated whether bone marrow stem cells could differentiate into cells that expressed keratocan, a characteristic of corneal keratocytes. The study involved Kera-/- mice. Hongshan Liu, PhD, a research scientist in the university's ophthalmology department, presented their findings at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting. The researchers found that, after 1 week, the abnormal corneas of animals injected with the stem...
  • Cord Blood Registry® Releases a Number of Stem Cell Samples to Treat Many Medical Conditions

    05/10/2007 7:14:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 252+ views
    Businesswire ^ | 04.30.07
    Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®), the world’s largest and most experienced cord blood stem cell bank, today announced that it has released a total of five stem cell samples in the first quarter of the year for transplant or infusion. Three of the cases are individuals who will require their own cord blood stem cells for autologous infusions for cerebral palsy, type I diabetes, and a rare autoimmune disorder related to autism. The additional two samples were released for use by a sibling in each family: one to treat acute myeloid leukemia and the other to treat a serious blood disease,...
  • Adult stem repair of damaged brain, pancreas, kidney cells newly understood

    05/10/2007 7:04:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 347+ views
    Huliq ^ | 04.30.07
    New studies in the laboratory of Dr. Darwin J. Prockop, Director of Tulane University’s Center for Gene Therapy, are shedding light on the previously mysterious mechanism through which even relatively small amounts of stem/progenitor cells taken from a patient’s own bone marrow enhance repair of damaged tissues. The cells not only differentiate to replace injured cells, as had been understood, but they also stimulate the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells already present in the injured tissue and they transfer mitochondrial DNA to local cells in which the mitochondria (the energy of the cell) is not working. Better understanding of...
  • New gene discovered in human stem cells may benefit transplant patients

    05/10/2007 7:00:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 158+ views
    News Medical ^ | 04.29.07
    Oxford scientists have revealed a link between a gene and the activity of human blood stem cells, giving hope that stem cell transplant success for blood cancer patients may be significantly improved. Dr Rajeev Gupta, a Leukaemia Research-funded consultant haematologist, has uncovered that the gene Nephroblastoma Overexpressed ( Nov ) plays a key role in regulating the production of blood from stem cells. The work, which was carried out in the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, is published in the journal Science. Stem cells are vital for normal blood production and are used in transplants in patients with leukaemia and other...
  • Doctor: Stem cells, drugs fight myeloma, Trials show promise, researcher says

    05/10/2007 6:57:26 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 179+ views
    Palm Beach Daily News ^ | 05.01.07 | DAVID ROGERS
    Years ago, a diagnosis of myeloma — cancer of the immune system's white blood cells — often meant the patient had only months to live. Although mortality rates from the various forms of myeloma are still high, research in the past decade has increased the rate of remission and the lifespan of patients, according to Dr. Bart Barlogie. Barlogie, a leading multiple myeloma researcher, discussed efforts to improve survivorship and find a cure for the group of blood diseases Monday at Good Samaritan Medical Center. He is director of the Myeloma Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences....