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  • Doctors question Perry's stem cell back treatment

    08/19/2011 3:44:19 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 40 replies
    AP via MSNBC ^ | updated 8/19/2011 12:16:11 PM ET | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    He calls it innovative. Others call it a big risk. In any case, the stem cell procedure that Texas Gov. Rick Perry had last month was an unusual experiment to fix a common malady: a bad back. Perry, the newest GOP presidential candidate, has access to the best possible care and advice. Yet he and his doctor chose a treatment beyond mainstream medicine: He had stem cells taken from fat in his own body, grown in a lab and then injected into his back and his bloodstream during a July 1 operation to fuse part of his spine. … His...
  • Doctors begin major stem cell trial for MS patients

    07/29/2011 7:07:43 AM PDT · by decimon · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | July 29, 2011 | Pallab Ghosh
    A major clinical trial will investigate whether stem cells can be safely used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS).It is hoped eventually to slow, stop or even reverse the damage MS causes to the brain and spinal cord. The trial, involving up to 150 patients across Europe, is due to start later this year. Dr Paolo Muraro from Imperial College London said: "There is very strong pre-clinical evidence that stem cells might be an effective treatment." Researchers will collect stem cells from the bone marrow of patients, grow them in the laboratory and then re-inject them into their blood. The stem...
  • Obama wins stem cell lawsuit

    07/28/2011 12:26:09 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 4 replies
    Obama wins stem cell lawsuit ^ | 7/27/11 10:57 AM EDT Updated: 7/27/11 2:04 PM EDT | By REID J. EPSTEIN
    A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s funding of stem cell research. The lawsuit, filed by Boston biological engineer James L. Shirley, asserted that the funding violated a 1996 law prohibiting federal taxpayer money from supporting work that harms an embryo. The Obama administration policy allows research on embryos that were harvested long ago through private funding ... ... The Court of Appeals overruled him, and (Judge Royce) Lamberth said Wednesday he is bound by the higher court’s ruling and dismissed the case. The White House hailed the ruling as a “victory for research and...
  • A drugstore within (mesenchymal stem cells)

    07/07/2011 5:07:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 3 replies
    Case Western Reserve University ^ | July 7, 2011 | Unknown
    Mesenchymal stem cells protect and healA stem cell that can morph into a number of different tissues is proving a natural protector, healer and antibiotic maker, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and their peers have found. Mesenchymal stem cells reaped from bone marrow had been hailed as the key to growing new organs to replace those damaged or destroyed by violence or disease, but have failed to live up to the billing. Instead, scientists who'd been trying to manipulate the cells to build replacement parts have been finding the cells are innately potent antidotes to a growing list of...
  • South Korea back in stem cell spotlight with new treatment

    07/10/2011 12:17:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 7, 2011 | Heejung Jung and Yi Hyun-young
    SEONGNAM, South Korea (Reuters) - More than five years after South Korea's scientific reputation was shattered by a cloning research scandal, the country has approved stem cell medication in the form of a treatment for heart attack victims for the world's first clinical use... --snip-- SHARES SOAR ON GROUND-BREAKING TREATMENT FCB-Pharmicell specializes in developing stem cell drugs for incurable diseases. Hearticellgram-AMI takes somatic stem cells extracted from the patient's own bone marrow that are then cultured and directly injected into the damaged heart. "Our first goal is to apply them in patients with illnesses that are not curable through conventional...
  • Stem cell hope for heart patients

    07/09/2011 12:43:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 July 2011 | NA
    Scientists have raised hope that stem cell therapy could provide significant relief for patients disabled by untreatable chest pain.Patients with severe angina had stem cells from their blood injected into their heart.The therapy, carried out by Chicago's Northwestern University, halved the number of bouts of angina chest pain.But UK experts have stressed the work is still at an early stage, and the potential longer benefit is unknown.The procedure may also carry a risk: it is suspected of causing heart muscle damage in two patients, and others reported bone and chest pain.The study, reported in the journal Circulation Research, was carried...
  • Vatican launches stem cell venture with US company

    06/16/2011 12:35:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | June 16, 2011 | David Kerr
    Dr. Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem, announces the joint venture at the Vatican on June 16, 2011 Vatican City, Jun 16, 2011 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has signed its first ever commercial agreement with an outside company. The contract with U.S.-based bio-pharmaceutical firm NeoStem will advance ethical research into stem cells. “We would like to create a hotspot for scientists, benefactors, academics (and) Church leaders that will now join this group and would work together for the benefit of humanity,”Fr. Tomaz Trafny of the Vatican’s Council for Culture told CNA June 16. The deal was announced...
  • (DIABLO) Kirk backs stem cell research legislation

    06/08/2011 7:46:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 2011-06-06
    A Chicago-based scientist says he’s grateful to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk for siding with legislation that backs stem cell research. Kirk on Monday called for congressional action to codify an executive order on the research issued by President Barack Obama in 2009. (snip) The Illinois Republican says, if senior Democratic senators choose not to move the stem cell legislation in this Congress, he will.
  • Researchers Coax Hearts to Heal Themselves

    06/08/2011 3:49:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 8 June 2011 | Mitch Leslie
    Enlarge Image Self-healing? After a heart attack like this patient has suffered, cells in the heart might be able to make new muscle, a mouse study suggests. Credit: Fotosearch Heart attacks kill because they strangle heart muscle, destroying cells and preventing the organ from pumping properly. Now, researchers reveal that they have nudged cells within mouse hearts to repair some of the damage, a discovery that might prompt new treatments for heart attacks in humans. Researchers are probing several ways to encourage the heart to fix itself. Last year, for instance, cardiac stem cell biologist Deepak Srivastava of the...
  • Adult stem cell treatment brings major league pitcher back to the mound

    06/07/2011 1:11:14 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/7/11 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Bartolo ColonBOCA RATON, Florida, June 7, 2011 ( - Bartolo Colon’s career seemed to be going down the drains, after being one of major league baseball’s top starting pitchers. In 2005 Colon won the American League Cy Young award, but a series of shoulder and elbow injuries sidelined him until, in 2010, he didn’t play in the majors at all. By 2009, Colon’s astonishing 97 mph fastball had slowed down considerably and every pitch he threw resulted in agonizing pain: so he went home to the Dominican Republic, defeated. But in March of 2010, a doctor in the Dominican Republic,...
  • Swedish team turns skin into nerve cells

    06/07/2011 8:07:52 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 14 replies ^ | 06/07/2011 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    A team of researchers at Lund University in southern Sweden have managed to develop nerve cells from human skin cells without using stem cells - a development described as an ethical and medical breakthrough. "This fundamentally changes how we look at mature cells and their capacity. Previously a skin cell was thought to always remain a skin cell, but we have shown that it can be any cell," said Malin Parmar, the Lund University researcher leading the study, to The Local on Tuesday. The new technique works by reprogramming connective tissue cells, so-called human fibroblasts, directly into nerve cells, opening...
  • ‘Patient A’ proud to carry hopes [for embryonic stem-cell research]

    06/06/2011 3:29:55 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 17 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 4, 2011 | Bill Torpy
    CHATOM, Ala. — Every now and then, Timothy J. Atchison thinks he feels a little something when rubbing his legs. But he knows to temper any feelings of excitement or optimism. Left paralyzed from the chest down after a car crash last fall, the baby-faced 21-year-old reminds himself that it could be simply phantom feelings. A lot rides on his immobile legs — they carry the hopes and dreams of tens of thousands of severely injured people. Atchison is Patient A, the formerly anonymous person who volunteered to have embryonic stem cells injected into his spine. It was the first...
  • First man ‘functionally cured’ of HIV

    06/05/2011 10:00:37 AM PDT · by Morpheus2009 · 53 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Liz Goodwin
    Since the HIV virus was discovered 30 years ago this week, 30 million people have died from the disease, and it continues to spread at the rate of 7,000 people per day globally, the UN says. There's not much good news when it comes to this devastating disease. But that is perhaps why the story of the man scientists call the "Berlin patient" is so remarkable and has generated so much excitement among the HIV advocacy community. Timothy Ray Brown suffered from both leukemia and HIV when he received a bone marrow stem cell transplant in Berlin, Germany in 2007....
  • Adult Stem Cells are Treating Thousands of Patients Now

    05/17/2011 4:05:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/17/11 | David Prentice, Ph.D.
    Stem cell research continues to move ahead. Not embryonic stem cell research, however, which relies on the destruction of young human life.After over 30 years of embryonic stem cell research, first with mouse and then human embryonic stem cells, not a single patient has been helped. And while over the past year, three experimental trials have been approved in the U.S., even many embryonic stem cell scientists believe the practical dangers of embryonic stem cells (tumors, incorrect tissue growth, immune problems) make such trials preliminary; simply using patients for experiments. Embryonic stem cells fail on both ethical and practical aspects,...
  • Scientists identify possible human lung stem cell (adult stem cell)

    05/13/2011 8:48:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP/CNS News ^ | 5/13/11 | Malcolm Ritter
    Scientists believe they've discovered stem cells in the lung that can make a wide variety of the organ's tissues, a finding that might open new doors for treating emphysema and other diseases. When these human cells were injected into mice, they showed their versatility by rebuilding airways, air sacs and blood vessels within two weeks. One expert called that "amazing." While stem cells have been found in bone marrow and some other parts of the body, it hasn't been clear whether such a versatile cell existed in the lung. Experts not involved in the study stressed that the work must...
  • USC research reveals surprising clues about communication in hair stem cell populations

    05/09/2011 6:14:18 AM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    University of Southern California ^ | May 6, 2011 | Unknown
    Findings hold potential for solution to baldness, with wider implications for stem cell researchIn one of the first studies to look at the population behavior of a large pool of stem cells in thousands of hair follicles – as opposed to the stem cell of a single hair follicle – Keck School of Medicine of USC scientists deciphered how hair stem cells in mice and rabbits can communicate with each other and encourage mutually coordinated regeneration, according to an article published in the April 29 edition of the journal Science. The team collaborated with mathematical biologists from the University of...
  • Court backs federal funding for embryonic stem cell research

    04/29/2011 2:52:08 PM PDT · by Jean S · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 4/29/11 | Mark Johnson
    Opponents of taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research lost a key round in a federal appeals court Friday, news that buoyed researchers in Wisconsin where the first of these human cells were isolated and grown by James Thomson in 1998. "I think it's encouraging news, the best news we could hope for at this stage," said Timothy Kamp, director of the University of Wisconsin Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center. "There's a legal cloud overhanging embryonic stem cell research, but the skies are starting to clear," said Erik Forsberg, executive director of WiCell Research Institute in Madison.
  • The Stem-Cell War - Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells do have a record of healing...

    04/13/2011 1:13:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 13, 2011 | David Klinghoffer
    The Stem-Cell WarUnlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells do have a record of healing. You wouldn't know it from the media. An enduring liberal myth, that of the Republican “war on science,” got a subtle rebuke this week when the first and only patient to receive FDA-approved embryonic-stem-cell therapy publicly revealed his identity. Timothy J. Atchison, a 21-year-old nursing student, had been partially paralyzed in a car crash. Six months ago, scientists at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta sought to test on him the safety of a drug concocted from stem cells of the kind derived by destroying a...
  • Scientists identify a surprising new source of cancer stem cells (auto-revert to stem cells)

    04/11/2011 5:44:28 PM PDT · by decimon · 7 replies
    FINDINGS: Certain differentiated cells in breast tissue can spontaneously convert to a stem-cell-like state, according to Whitehead Institute researchers. Until now, scientific dogma has stated that differentiation is a one-way path; once cells specialize, they cannot return to the flexible stem-cell state on their own. These findings hold true for normal mammary cells as well as for breast cancer cells. RELEVANCE: These findings may redefine how researchers view cancer stem cells – the cells capable of seeding new tumors at primary and distant sites in the body. Therapies that specifically target cancer stem cells are currently being investigated in the...
  • Roberto Bolli discusses cardiac stem cell treatment for heart failure at Cannon Lecture

    04/09/2011 4:04:10 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    American Physiological Society ^ | April 9, 2011 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON, DC – Heart failure affects roughly six million Americans, yet treatment consists of either a heart transplant or the insertion of mechanical devices that assist the heart. This is unacceptable to Roberto Bolli, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., which is why he is on a mission to make cardiac stem cell treatment an option for all who must cope with the limitations of a failing heart. Dr. Bolli is conducting the groundbreaking study, "Cardiac Stem Cell Infusion in Patients with Ischemic cardiOmyopathy (SCIPIO)," in which researchers at the...
  • Dopamine controls formation of new brain cells

    04/08/2011 1:05:08 PM PDT · by decimon · 26 replies
    Karolinska Institutet ^ | April 8, 2011 | Unknown
    A study of the salamander brain has led researchers at Karolinska Institutet to discover a hitherto unknown function of the neurotransmitter dopamine. In an article published in the prestigious scientific journal Cell Stem Cell they show how in acting as a kind of switch for stem cells, dopamine controls the formation of new neurons in the adult brain. Their findings may one day contribute to new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's. The study was conducted using salamanders which unlike mammals recover fully from a Parkinson's-like condition within a four week period. Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease characterised...
  • Reprogrammed Stem Cells Are Rife with Mutations

    03/08/2011 12:57:25 PM PST · by cryptical · 11 replies
    Technology Review ^ | March 3, 2011 | Emily Singer
    Adult cells that have been reprogrammed into stem cells harbor a number of genetic mutations, some of which appear in genes that have been linked to cancer. While scientists don't yet know how this might affect the use of the cells in medicine, they say the findings show that the cells need to be studied much more extensively.
  • A Stem Cell Victory for Patients

    02/10/2011 5:58:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    FRC ^ | August 25, 2010 | Dr. David Prentice
    The U.S. District Court injunction that stops federal taxpayer funding of human embryonic stem cell research should make patients happy.  The judge ruled that federal funding for embryonic stem cell research violates a current law, passed annually since the Clinton administration, prohibiting government funding for research that involves the destruction of human embryos.He added that there is a limited amount of federal funding for stem cells, and funding embryonic stem cells competes with adult stem cells. But only adult stem cells are treating people. The good news is that this ruling should free up more funding for adult stem cell...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood's Long-Standing War On The West (US Politicians)

    02/02/2011 10:18:40 PM PST · by bronxville · 148 replies
    US Politicians Duped By The Brotherhood In the United States, one individual maintained a pretense of "moderation" which would later embarrass the left and the right. According to the testimony of Dr. Michael Waller to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Abdurahman Alamoudi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. A man born in Eritrea in 1951, he arrived in the US in 1979 and became a naturalized US citizen on May 23, 1996. From 1985 onwards he became involved in many Muslim groups. In 1990 he founded the Washington DC-based American Muslim Council (AMC), which Waller states "has...
  • Flaw in induced-stem-cell model - Adult cells do not fully convert to embryonic-like state.

    02/03/2011 3:09:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Nature News ^ | 2 February 2011 | Elie Dolgin
    Medical researchers' hopes of replacing politically fraught embryonic stem (ES) cells with stem cells derived from adult tissues have suffered a setback. Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, created by turning back the developmental clock on adult tissues, and ES cells display similar gene-expression patterns, and both can produce any of the various tissues in the human body. But patterns of epigenetic changes — alterations that affect gene expression without changing the DNA sequence — tell a different story about iPS cells, a team led by Joseph Ecker, a molecular geneticist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, reports online...
  • Some stem cells hold on to their past, researchers say

    02/03/2011 9:38:37 AM PST · by Gondring · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 3, 2011 | Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
    Stem cells made from mature cells and rewound to an embryonic-like state retain a distinct "memory" of their past that might limit their potential for therapeutic use, scientists reported Wednesday in the journal Nature. [...] They looked at 1.2 billion places in each genome where such chemical markers [epigenomes] exist. The analysis was unusually rigorous — and therefore unusually revealing, Ecker said. Earlier studies examined representative regions in the genome, rather than the whole thing. [...] For the most part, the contents of Ecker's metaphorical rooms looked alike. But when they zoomed in, inconsistencies emerged. In a side-by-side comparison of...
  • Babies Can Be Treated With Adult Stem Cells, Even in the Womb

    02/01/2011 4:10:19 PM PST · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/1/11 | David Prentice
    Two recent stories are exciting about the possibility of treating young children, even in the womb, with adult stem cells.  One study shows that cardiac adult stem cells can be isolated from young children with heart problems, even as young as one day old. The researchers found that a very small sample of heart tissue contained ample adult stem cells that could be grown in culture, turned into various types of heart cells, and repair damaged hearts in a lab animal model.  Dr. Sunjay Kaushal, senior author on the study in the journal Circulation, said “The potential of cardiac stem...
  • Vets use stem cells to manage pets' pain

    01/01/2011 7:34:35 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 23 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | 01/01/2011 | CAROL MCGRAW
    Macha is one of those once-in-a-lifetime pets — a tall, lean, savvy dog who lives to hunt pheasant. Out in the field, the Labrador retriever is so focused that she shuns pats from her Woodland Park owner, Tom Bulloch. “She doesn’t want her line of vision obstructed,” he explains. Macha, who can run like the wind, was named after a mythological Irish goddess who was faster than any man or beast. Read more: frpa ....“At the time I thought, ‘aren’t stem cells illegal or a political problem?’” Bulloch says. In fact, they can be used for treatment of animals....
  • Football Player Donates Stem Cells, Saves Life

    12/20/2010 8:53:23 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 1+ views
    cbs ^ | 12.17.10 | Wyatt Andrews
    A good athlete is often called on to save a game. This is the story of a star football player who was asked to save a life of someone he didn't even know. CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews has the latest example of "The American Spirit." There were four finalists last night for the Gagliardi Trophy, basically the Heisman for Division III college football. But for finalist Matt Hoffman learning if he'd win wasn't the suspense of the night.  Meeting cancer patient Warren Sallach was.  Last year Matt donated his bone stem cells - in an anonymous donation that went...
  • Report: Scientists finally cure HIV with stem cells? (Yes, but...)

    12/15/2010 7:28:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/15/2010 | Allahpundit
    Big news no matter the circumstances, but in case you stumble across the headline elsewhere and are tempted to think it’s a major breakthrough, I recommend reading this excellent Fox News piece for perspective. The good news, obviously: An HIV-positive patient who was treated for leukemia more than three years ago shows no signs of the virus in his system to this day. Doctors can’t be completely sure that trace amounts aren’t lying dormant somewhere in his body, but as far as they’re able to measure, it’s all gone. He’s the first patient on record to be completely cured.The bad...
  • Spinal Cord Injury Patient Treated With Non-Matched Adult Stem Cells (now up and walking)

    12/10/2010 1:07:06 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Marketwire ^ | December 10, 2010
    SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - December 10, 2010) - Medistem Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MEDS) announced today peer-reviewed publication of its data on what is believed to be the first "combination therapy" adult stem cell protocol for spinal cord injury. The patient treated, who was 29 years old at the time, suffered a spinal cord injury resulting from an airplane crash on May 13th of 2008. He had no walking ability, intermittent pain and loss of sexual function. The patient was injected with a combination universal donor stem cell therapy in November of 2008, and January and July of 2009. A gradual improvement was observed subsequent to each...
  • Stem Cell Research: Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada (quadriplegic disagreed with Chris Reeve)

    10/11/2004 6:05:53 PM PDT · by mountaineer · 61 replies · 4,106+ views
    Joni and Friends website (PDF) ^ | unkn | Joni Eareckson Tada
    Q: How did you get involved in the debate on stem cell research?A: Hardly a week goes by that people don't ask me, "Have you ever talked with Christopher Reeve? I saw him the other day on television and ..." People are curious about where I stand regarding the paralyzed actor's hope for a cure through what he calls therapeutic cloning. After all, I'm disabled. Don't I want a cure? I would love to walk. But 35 years of quadriplegia since a diving accident in 1967 has honed my perspective. I look at the broader implications of medical research as...
  • Direct Conversion May Make Embryonic Stem Cell Research Obsolete

    11/29/2010 9:14:10 AM PST · by julieee · 8 replies ^ | November 29, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Direct Conversion May Make Embryonic Stem Cell Research Obsolete New York, NY -- Scientists made a major step towards making embryonic stem cell research obsolete when they used direct reprogramming to convert adult stem cells to an embryonic-like state. Now direct conversion is moving the ball forward. The process of direct conversion involves changing one kind of specialized stem cell into another kind -- and it eliminates the need for controversial embryonic stem cells, which some scientists promote because they can change into most any kind of cells.
  • Stem-Cell Fraud

    11/28/2010 5:11:53 PM PST · by raptor22 · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 28, 2010 | IBD staff
    Science: Supporters of California's failed 2004 stem-cell law will ask strapped taxpayers to support another $3 billion bond initiative in 2014. Maybe it's time to restore fiscal sanity as well as science to its rightful place. When it was passed in 2004, Proposition 71, with its $3 billion state fund and 10-year mandate for embryonic stem-cell research (ESCR), held out the promise of imminent miracle cures for everything from spinal disorders to Parkinson's. One campaign ad showed actor Christopher Reeve, aka Superman, asking California voters to "stand up for those who can't." Some six years later, with about $1.1 billion...
  • Stem Cell Treatment Gives Retired Military Service Dog New Lease on Life

    11/27/2010 9:58:37 AM PST · by algernonpj · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 26, 2010 | Foz News
    A retired military service dog is getting a new lease on life in Washington, D.C., after undergoing a revolutionary stem cell treatment. ... The cutting-edge treatment helps dogs grow new cartilage by injecting stem cells from their own fat, normally from the abdomen, into the affected joint. The treatment takes about three days and has an 80 percent success rate, reported.
  • Amazing first: leukemia patient completely cured with cord blood stem cells

    11/27/2010 2:02:25 PM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/26/10 | Matthew Hoffman
    BERLIN, November 26, 2010 ( - Doctors associated with the German umbilical cord blood bank Vita 34 say that they have cured a child’s leukemia completely using an infusion of stem cells from umbilical cord blood.The procedure was reportedly performed in 2005 on a four-year-old girl whose chemotherapy treatment had failed and who had a prognosis of only three months to live.  The procedure was possible because the parents had decided to preserve their child’s umbilical cord blood at the time of birth.After continuous monitoring of the child for five years now, with no sign of leukemia cells in...
  • Brain Tumors Grow Their Own Blood Supply

    11/25/2010 8:04:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 21 November 2010 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Enlarge Image Shape-shifters. Some cells within these mouse blood vessels developed from human brain tumor cells. Credit: R. Wang et al., Nature, Advanced Online Publication (2010) Tumors are notoriously hard to kill. Attack them with chemotherapy, and they develop drug resistance; surgically remove them, and they may have already metastasized to other parts of the body. Now scientists have found that tumors have yet another trick up their sleeve: They can create their own blood supply by morphing into blood vessels. The observations, reported by two separate teams online today in Nature, could explain why drugs designed to choke...
  • State's stem cell agency seeks more time, money

    11/25/2010 11:18:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    la times ^ | 11/25/10 | Jack Dolan,
    After six years, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has faced questions about leaders' pay and the lack of medical breakthroughs. But its chairman plans to ask voters for another $3 billion in bonds. When millionaire Silicon Valley real estate developer Bob Klein launched his ballot drive to create a $3-billion state fund for stem-cell research in 2004, he pitched it as a way of taking politics out of science and focusing on cures. One particularly heartbreaking campaign ad showed former big screen Superman Christopher Reeve paralyzed in a wheelchair, struggling for breath and imploring California voters to "stand up...
  • Scientists turn skin into blood in medical breakthrough; could help cancer treatment

    11/07/2010 1:05:24 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | November 08, 2010 | Kerry Sheridan
    STEM cell researchers have found a way to turn a person's skin into blood, a process that could be used to treat cancer and other ailments, according to a Canadian study published today. The method uses cells from a patch of a person's skin and transforms it into blood that is a genetic match, without using human embryonic stem cells, said the study in the journal Nature. By avoiding the controversial and more complicated processes involved with using human embryonic stem cells to create blood, this approach simplifies the process, researchers said. "What we believe we can do in the...
  • Scientists to Congress: Pass the stem cell law ... while you still can

    11/05/2010 10:10:31 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 24 replies
    The LA Times ^ | November 5, 2010 | Karen Kaplan
    In a letter sent Friday to the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the deans of American medical schools, chief executives of U.S. hospitals and heads of organizations with names like the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the American Society of Human Genetics said that federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research “is essential” if scientists are to succeed in turning the cells into usable treatments. “The therapeutic potential of human embryonic stem cells is remarkable and could well prove to be one of the most significant paradigm-shifting advances in the history of...
  • Baby death scandal at stem cell clinic which treats hundreds of British patients a year

    10/25/2010 11:41:34 AM PDT · by Immerito · 6 replies · 2+ views ^ | 10/23/10 | Robert Mendick and Alasdair Palmer
    Europe's largest stem cell clinic which treats hundreds of British patients a year is at the centre of a scandal following the death of an 18-month-old baby who was given a controversial injection in the brain, it can be revealed. A doctor who worked at the clinic is now under criminal investigation over the child's death in August and the serious injury caused to a second child in another alleged botched operation three months earlier. The clinic has been accused of bungling the operations and failing to respond quickly enough when the surgery went wrong.
  • Stem Cell Research Skirts Hurdles, but Raises Ethics Issues, Too

    10/23/2010 11:49:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 21, 2010 | JESSICA REAVES
    In an academic-corporate partnership that may represent the future of stem cell research, Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago has teamed up with a biotech company to begin the first human trials of a therapy derived from embryonic stem cells. By using private money, scientists said, the experiment avoids the political battles over federally financed research that involves the embryonic cells. The trials mark a milestone in the controversial quest to determine whether embryonic cells can be reprogrammed to repair injured or diseased tissue and organs. Enrollment for the closely watched trial opened last month at Northwestern, the lead site, and...
  • Stem CElls: Promise and Promise

    10/15/2010 11:23:06 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily staff
    Science: After decades of promises, the first clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells has begun. Again, the success stories using adult stem cells are ignored as ideology, and profit, triumph over science. The announcement by Geron Corp. on Monday that the first clinical trial using its embryonic stem cells to treat an actual human patient was under way sent its stock up 6.4%. Geron has the first FDA license to use embryonic stem cells to treat people, in this case a patient with a spinal cord injury. We wish the patient well, but using stem cells to treat disease...
  • Parents of child saved by stem cells welcome new public cord-blood bank

    10/13/2010 7:21:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Oct-12-2010 | George P. Matysek Jr
    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Nineteen-month-old Mason Shaffer has no qualms about somersaulting off a couch in his family's Pennsylvania home. He's equally fearless when exploring new surroundings or playing a spirited round of peek-a-boo with his mother. It's a far cry from a year ago when Mason couldn't even sit up or roll over. Afflicted with malignant infantile osteopetrosis, a rare bone disease, Mason was severely underdeveloped and in significant pain. His life was saved through a transplant of adult stem cells obtained from umbilical-cord blood donated to a public collecting bank. "He's cured," said Sarah Shaffer, Mason's mother. "He's completely...
  • Firm Claims First Patient Treated With Embryonic Stem Cells, Not The Case

    10/11/2010 2:30:32 PM PDT · by julieee · 1 replies ^ | October 11, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Firm Claims First Patient Treated With Embryonic Stem Cells, Not The Case Washington, DC -- Geron Corporation, a California-based firm that conducts embryonic stem cell research and has a history of making dubious announcements to see a boost in its stock price and reputation, is apparently at it again. The firm has announced it has treated the first patient with embryonic stem cells, but that's not actually the case.
  • Firm Claims First Patient Treated With Embryonic Stem Cells, Not The Case

    10/11/2010 2:30:35 PM PDT · by julieee · 13 replies ^ | October 11, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Firm Claims First Patient Treated With Embryonic Stem Cells, Not The Case Washington, DC -- Geron Corporation, a California-based firm that conducts embryonic stem cell research and has a history of making dubious announcements to see a boost in its stock price and reputation, is apparently at it again. The firm has announced it has treated the first patient with embryonic stem cells, but that's not actually the case.
  • Best Kept Secret of Adult Stem Cells: They Are Treating Multiple Sclerosis

    10/11/2010 9:36:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | October 7, 2010 | Steven Ertelt - Printer Friendly Page© V2.0 - CJ Website Designwww.cj-design.comPro-Life News: Adult Stem Cells, Bart Stupak, Pro-Life Day, Abby Johnson, Rome by Steven Editor October 7, 2010 Email RSSPrint Best Kept Secret of Adult Stem Cells: They Are Treating Multiple Sclerosis by David PrenticeWashington, DC -- Adult stem cell success treating patients has been noted as “the best-kept secret in the galaxy” by Dr. Jean Peduzzi Nelson of Wayne State University. In her recent Senate testimony she described the case of Barry Goudy, who had relapsing-remitting MS. Barry had numerous relapses and medication was not helping his condition. He...
  • Subsidizing Questionable Science

    10/07/2010 7:11:26 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 7, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When there is no private sector push for a scientific breakthrough, maybe it is not such a breakthrough after all. “Researchers from the University of Michigan have created the first embryonic stem cell line developed in the state and the line is making news as Detroit hosts the World Stem Cell Summit,” Steven Ertelt reports on “However, a pro-life group is disappointed by the news because the obtaining of the cells came at the death of an unborn child.” “Scientist Gary Smith, who derived the line, told the Detroit News that the establishment of the line of human embryonic...
  • A Better Way to Reprogram Cells

    10/01/2010 6:00:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 30 September 2010 | Gretchen Vogel
    Enlarge Image New fate. Applying synthetic RNA for a muscle master-control gene turns embryonic cells into muscle cells. Credit: Warren et al., Cell Stem Cell, Advance Online Publication (2010) Four years ago, scientists took a major step toward overcoming the biggest ethical hurdle in stem cell research. Instead of using cells derived from embryos, researchers found a way to make adult cells behave as though they were embryonic. Simply inserting extra copies of four genes into these cells gave them the power to develop into almost any cell type in the body—a potential boon for studying and ultimately treating...
  • 'Major' stem cell development announced

    09/30/2010 10:10:44 PM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 30, 2010 | Valerie Richardson
    A major breakthrough in stem cell development could help resolve the ongoing debate over the use of embryonic stem cells in medical research. A team of scientists led by Derrick J. Rossi of the Immune Disease Institute at Children's Hospital Boston published a paper Thursday showing that they can quickly and efficiently transform skin cells into cells with all the properties of embryonic stem cells... "I think this is a stunning development," said Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. "People have been saying we have to use embryonic stem cells because we don't have an...