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Teen takes on donor's immune system

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/01/24/2145289.htm?section=world


Demi-Lee Brennan had a liver transplant after she suffered liver failure. Nine months later, doctors at Sydney's Westmead Children's Hospital were amazed to find the teenager's blood group had changed to the donor's blood type.

Further tests revealed the stem cells from the donor liver had penetrated her bone marrow.
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Gene That Creates Cerebral Cortex Discovered

Gene That Creates Cerebral Cortex Discovered
Could lead to treatments for neurological damage from injuries, disease

Posted 1/17/08

THURSDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have identified the gene responsible for creating the brain's thinking center, in a finding that could one day help people with brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases.

The gene, called Lhx2, tells stem cells in the developing brain to form the cerebral cortex, which controls functions such as language, decision-making and ...
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First cloned human embryo created

A great breakthrough though they were not yet able to yield human embryonic stem cells from the cloned embryo.

Link to new scientist

--Frank
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Scientists use cells to grow beating heart

The researchers took dead animal hearts and stripped them of everything except the blood vessels, valves and connective tissue. These scaffolds were then seeded with cells from newborn and foetal rat hearts and, after four days of growth, the organs started to contract. Within eight days, the hearts were beating.
Not nerve cells in particular, but another step forward
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/jan/14/medicalresearch.sciencenews
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Bone marrow stem cell trial in Israel

Dear all,

First thing - Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

This is a short article about the small bone marrow stem cell trial in Israel.

http://c.moreover.com/click/here.pl?j12 ... 1&w=464753

A similar small trial is being undertaken in England (Prof Scolidng) and, no doubt, there are trials in other countires. Early days, but at least they have moved on from mice. I'm hopeful that we may hear lots more ...
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Menstrual blood tapped as source of stem cells

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21996417/
While the excitement continues to swirl around the recent breakthrough of converting skin cells to stem cells, other researchers are quietly pursuing a new type of stem cell discovered in menstrual blood.
The technique for converting the skin cells involves using viruses to insert several genes, one of which is known to cause cancer.
Meng and Ichim's team had a hunch that stem cells may aid in the rapid expansion of the uterus lining during a ...
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Stem-Cell Therapies For Brain More Complicated Than Thought

Medical News Today
Stem-Cell Therapies For Brain More Complicated Than Thought
28 Nov 2007

An MIT research team's latest finding suggests that stem cell therapies for the brain could be much more complicated than previously thought.

In a study published in the Public Library of Science (PloS) Biology on Nov. 13, MIT scientists report that adult stem cells produced in the brain are pre-programmed to make only certain kinds of connections - making it impossible ...
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Completed mesenchymal stem cell trial

I just stumbled over a MSC trial that has already been completed (03/2007).
The Bristol, Libanon, Jerusalem trials claimed to be the first in patients with MS. Can anyone see a major difference compared to this trial?

Pubmed results can be found here.

--Frank
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Another trial

Hadassah uses stem cells for MS, ALS patients

Judy Siegel-Itzkovich , THE JERUSALEM POST Nov. 22, 2007



Neurologists at Jerusalem's Hadassah-University Hospital, Ein Kerem, are the first in the world to help multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients by injecting their spinal columns with large numbers of adult stem cells taken from their bone marrow and multiplied in culture.

The clinical trial, while "encouraging" and "promising," remains highly experimental, as all the ...
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Another one

Cell transplant hope for blood diseases and Multiple Sclerosis 23 November 2007

Thousands of patients with ailments such as multiple sclerosis and sickle cell disease have been given new hope that cell transplants could offer a more effective way to treat them.

An important step towards the goal of transplanting the parent stem cells that give rise to red blood cells to treat genetic blood diseases, such as sickle cell disease, is reported by an ...
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