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Scaffold for stem cells

Stem cell scaffolding repairs nerves 31 January 2008

A Monash University PhD student has developed a new technique that could revolutionise stem cell treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injuries.


David Nisbet from Monash University's Department of Materials Engineering has used existing polymer-based biodegradable fibres, 100 times smaller than a human hair, and re-engineered them to create a unique 3-D scaffold that could potentially allow stem cells to repair damaged nerves in ...
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Stem cell lines created without destroying embryo

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=344588
In a bid to sidestep the ethical debate over the use of human embryos in medical research, scientists have developed a way to derive viable stem cell lines without harming the embryo.

They did so by extracting a single cell from the embryo — as in vitro fertilization clinics do when they test for genetic defects and introducing a common molecule called laminin to keep it in a stem cell, or pluripotent, state.

Subsequent development ...
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MRF

It's good to see that the Myelin Repair Foundation are pushing forward with their work.

http://c.moreover.com/click/here.pl?j12 ... 9&w=464753
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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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