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BUILDING NEW LIVERS WITH STEM CELL LIVER TREATMENT

Liver disease is on the rise in Canada and one-in-four people might be affected by a liver disease in their lifetime. However, a research team from the University of Edinburgh has created a new stem cell liver treatment to replace damaged liver tissue using lab-grown tissue implants. Using a combination of embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells loaded onto 3D tissue scaffolds which encourage stem cells to grow in certain ways, the team implanted the cultured scaffolds into mice with liver disease with highly promising results. [...]

September 24th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

HEALING SPINAL INJURIES WITH LAB-GROWN NEURAL STEM CELLS

A University of California San Diego study has used lab-grown neural stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries in rats for the first time ever. Created from embryonic human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) in vitro, the researchers say their revolutionary method provided long-lasting and extensive spinal cord injury recovery in the rats. "Our observations show that these spinal cord NSCs differentiate into a diverse population of spinal cord neurons occupying multiple positions along the dorso-ventral axis, and can be maintained for prolonged time periods," the researchers wrote in Nature [...]

September 17th, 2018|0 Comments

DEBUNKING MYTHS ABOUT STEM CELLS

Stem cell research is one of the fastest growing fields of medical science, however, it's still held back by a number of ungrounded myths about stem cells. Most stem cell research controversy stems from these false stem cell myths. Don't be taken in by reactionary media personalities, here are the real facts behind stem cell myths. STEM CELL MYTH 1: STEM CELLS ONLY COME FROM EMBRYOS One of the most nefarious myths about stem cell research, the stem cell research controversy over embryonic stem cells in the mid-2000s [...]

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AND TISSUE ENGINEERING?

Many people believe regenerative medicine and tissue engineering are just different words for the same thing: replacing dead or damaged tissue with biologically engineered replacements. While the two methods share the same goal, they use fundamentally different means to achieve it. TISSUE ENGINEERING Tissue engineering is a process wherein fibroblasts are extracted from a patient and then used to artificially grow cells and tissues in a lab setting using the principles of the body's own tissue growth. This is done using "tissue scaffolds" which encourage cells to develop [...]

September 5th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

THE PROTEIN THAT CAN UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF IPSCS

Since 2006, the cornerstone of many stem cell studies have been induced pluripotent stem cells, or IPSCs. Pluripotent stem cells are essentially immature cells that can differentiate into many different types of cells. Pluripotent stem cells are key to regenerating organs and tissues, however their use was decked in controversy for many years because the main source of them was embryonic stem cells, creating ethical issues lampooned in popular culture like South Park. However, in 2006, Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka changed the game with a method that reprogrammed mature [...]

August 27th, 2018|0 Comments