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Stem cells 'by default'
In spite of considerable research efforts around the world, we still do not know the determining factors that confer stem cells their main particular features: capacity to self-renew and to divide and proliferate. The scientist Jordi Casanova, head of the (2012-04-12)

Are there too many stem cell journals?
Just as stem cells proliferate and differentiate, so do stem cell research journals, which have greatly increased their numbers over the last few years. This proliferation may be related to the trend toward open access journals and online journals and an energetic stem cell journal market. (2010-08-18)

Regulating hematopoietic stem cell homeostasis and leukemogenesis
In the April 15 issue of G&D, Dr. Richard Flavell and colleagues identify the c-Cbl protein as a critical repressor of hematopoietic stem cell self-renewal. In addition to establishing a key role for protein ubiquitylation in HSC development, this finding posits c-Cbl as a potential target in research into stem cell engineering as well as cell-based leukemia treatments. (2008-04-14)

Stem Cells and International Stem Cell Symposium present annual stem cells award
AlphaMed Press and Wiley-Blackwell, co-publishers of the peer-reviewed journal Stem Cells, announce that the annual Stem Cells Young Investigator Award, with co-sponsorship from the International Stem Cell Symposium, will be presented on Oct. 2, 2010, in Seoul, South Korea. (2010-09-28)

International stem cell symposium to be held at Imperial College London
An international symposium exploring the potential of stem cells for repair and regeneration is to be held at Imperial College London's Hammersmith campus on the 27-28 September 2004. (2004-09-01)

Yale researcher testifies in support of embryonic stem cell research
Yale researcher Diane Krause testified today before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee urging Congress to continue federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Krause, associate professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at Yale School of Medicine, has done extensive research on adult stem cells. She recently discovered adult stem cells in bone marrow that can create new liver, lung, gastrointestinal and skin cells, and possibly any other organ in the body. (2001-07-18)

Stem cells born out of indecision
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have gained new insight into embryonic stem cells and how blocking their ability to make choices explains why they stay as stem cells in culture. The results have just been published in the scientific journal Cell Reports. (2014-12-18)

Statement: The New York Stem Cell Foundation on lifting ban of federal funds for stem cell research
The New York Stem Cell Foundation applauds the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia's decision to dismiss District Court Judge Royce Lamberth's ruling against the use of public funds for embryonic stem cell research. (2011-04-29)

New insights into mechanisms regulating gene expression in embryonic stem cells
Researchers from Turku, Finland, have discovered new information about the mechanisms which maintain gene activity in human embryonic stem cells. The observed mechanism is essential for the self-renewal of stem cells. The two research groups who made the discovery, led by Senior Researcher, Docent Riikka Lund and Academy Professor Riitta Lahesmaa, work at the Turku Centre for Biotechnology. The study was conducted in co-operation with researchers from Aalto University, the University of Tampere and Karolinska Institutet. (2017-05-31)

Stem cells may help improve corneal wound healing
A new review is the first to directly examine the role of various stem cells in the healing of wounded cornea, the outermost part of the eye. (2017-07-31)

Research points to ways to improve the therapeutic potential of stem cells
Stem cells hold great promise for transforming medical care related to a diverse range of conditions, but the cells often lose some of their therapeutic potential when scientists try to grow and expand them in the laboratory. A new study, however, provides insights on the cellular mechanisms that might be targeted to help certain stem cells -- called human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) -- maintain properties needed to make them clinically useful. (2016-10-11)

Johns Hopkins researchers make stem cells from developing sperm
The promise of stem cell therapy may lie in uncovering how adult cells revert back into a primordial, stem cell state, whose fate is yet to be determined. Now, cell scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have identified key molecular players responsible for this reversion in fruit fly sperm cells. Reporting online this week in Cell Stem Cell, researchers show that two proteins are responsible redirecting cells on the way to becoming sperm back to stem cells. (2009-08-06)

Stem cells stand up for themselves
Adult stem cells are not pampered pushovers. O'Reilly et al. report in the Aug. 25 issue of the Journal of Cell Biology that certain stem cells take charge of their surroundings, molding their environment to control their division and differentiation. (2008-08-25)

'It is time for scientists to make the case for stem-cell research'
Stem-cell research--and its political, legal, and ethical implications--is the theme of this week's issue of THE LANCET. An editorial comments how scientists need to step forward and engage the public to make the case for the future benefits of stem-cell research. (2004-07-08)

New stem cell maintenance protein found
Scientists have identified a critical, new stem cell protein - a marked advance in the elucidation of the molecular blueprint of stem cells. Drs. Robert Tsai and Ronald McKay at the NIH have discovered a novel gene, called nucleostemin, whose encoded protein is necessary for maintaining the proliferative capacity of embryonic and adult stem cells, and possibly some types of cancer cells. Their report is published in the December 1 issue of the scientific journal Genes & Development. (2002-11-30)

NYSCF-Robertson investigator at Stanford creates neurons directly from skin cells of humans
NYSCF - Robertson Investigator Dr. Marius Wernig and colleagues successfully converted skin cells of humans into functional neurons. These neurons will allow researchers to study neural diseases with the ultimate goal of developing more effective treatments and cures. (2011-05-26)

NYSCF receives $27 million grant from Robertson Foundation to promote stem cell research
The New York Stem Cell Foundation has received a grant of $27 million from the Robertson Foundation, established by Julian and Josie Robertson. The Robertson Foundation gift will provide funding for NYSCF-Robertson Investigators in NYSCF's new Early Career Investigator Awards Program and the creation of the NYSCF-Robertson Stem Cell Prize. This award program, will provide young stem cell scientists, with seed funding at the next stage of their career as they launch their independent laboratories. (2010-05-14)

Researchers identify stem cell gene with unique role
Researchers at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and the University of South Florida have identified a gene whose expression is shared by both the earliest stem cells--embryonic stem cells--and by tissue-specific stem cells in adults. The finding has implications for the control of stem cell growth. (2001-10-04)

Neural stem cells control their own fate
To date, it has been assumed that the differentiation of stem cells depends on the environment they are embedded in. A research group at the University of Basel now describes for the first time a mechanism by which hippocampal neural stem cells regulate their own cell fate via the protein Drosha. The journal Cell Stem Cell has published their results. (2016-08-18)

Stem cell function may explain higher colon cancer rate in males
In research recently published in Stem Cell Reports, Jingxin Li (, Dawei Chen ( and colleagues found that androgen levels can regulate intestinal stem cell proliferation, a new potential link between androgen levels and colon cancer. (2020-09-10)

Transforming skin cells into stem cells using a molecular toolkit
In an effort to sidestep the ethical dilemma involved in using human embryonic stem cells to treat diseases, scientists are developing non-controversial alternatives: in particular, they are looking for drug-like chemical compounds that can transform adult skin cells into the stem cells now obtained from human embryos. That's the topic of a fascinating article in Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly news magazine. (2010-02-18)

Keeping stem cells from changing fates
Johns Hopkins researchers have determined why certain stem cells are able to stay stem cells. (2010-09-09)

Adult mouse bone marrow stem cells can become cells of the nervous system
University of Minnesota researchers show that adult bone marrow stem cells can be induced to differentiate into cells of the midbrain. The findings, published in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that adult bone-marrow-derived stem cells may one day be useful for treating diseases of the central nervous system, including Parkinson's disease. (2003-08-18)

Key protein revealed as trigger for stem cell development
A natural trigger that enables stem cells to become any cell type in the body has been discovered by scientists. Researchers have identified a protein that kick-starts the process by which stem cells can develop to into different cells in the body, for instance liver or brain cells. (2013-02-07)

Tulane professor receives grant to improve stem cell survival
Kim O'Connor, a professor in Tulane University's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, received a three-year $599,638 grant from the National Science Foundation to study ways to improve the survival of mesenchymal stem cells once they are implanted in patients.   (2016-08-17)

Stem cells in the brain: Limited self-renewal
Stem cells in the brain can produce neurons and are consequently seen as a hope for treatment. A team of researchers from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and LMU Munich has now discovered that the self-renewal rate of the stem cells is however limited, explaining why their number drops over the course of a lifetime. This work now sets the basis for further investigation of the signalling pathways that maintain the stem cells. (2015-03-11)

Dr. Sanjay Kumar wins STEM CELLS Young Investigator Award
Dr Sanjay Kumar, M.D., Ph.D. has been named the winner of the Young Investigator Award by the journal STEM CELLS for leading research into the microenvironmental regulation of neural stem cells. The $10,000 prize is awarded annually to a young scientist whose paper has been judged to be of worldwide significance by a global jury. (2012-12-04)

Filling a niche -- role of Rb in mammalian stem cells
In the January 1 issue of G&D, Drs. Gustavo Leone and Michael Robinson (Ohio State University) and colleagues uncover a stem-cell specific role for the well-known tumor suppressor gene, Rb, in the developing mammalian embryo. (2006-12-31)

Xie Lab demonstrates the role of microRNA pathway
Ting Xie, Ph.D., associate investigator, and Zhigang Jin, Ph.D., postdoctoral research associate in the Xie Lab, have published results showing that the microRNA pathway is essential for controlling self-renewal of germline stem cells and somatic stem cells in the Drosophila ovary. (2007-02-15)

First genome-wide expression analysis yields better understanding of how leukemia develops
In a collaborative study published Feb. 9, 2009, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists performed a genome-wide expression analysis comparing highly enriched normal blood stem cells and leukemic stem cells, and identified several new pathways that have a key role in cancer development. (2009-02-09)

U of MN researchers use human embryonic stem cells to kill cancer cells
For the first time, stem cell researchers at the University of Minnesota have coaxed human embryonic stem cells to create cancer-killing cells in the laboratory, paving the way for future treatments for various types of cancers (or tumors). The research will be published in the Oct. 15 issue of the Journal of Immunology. (2005-10-11)

Stem cell research aids understanding of cancer
An international team of researchers led by renowned stem cell scientist professor Martin Pera has discovered a novel marker that plays an important role in our understanding of how cancer develops in the liver, pancreas and esophagus. (2012-07-19)

Adult stem cell types' heart repair potential probed
New research from New Zealand's University of Otago is providing fresh insights into how a patient's adult stem cells could best be used to regenerate their diseased hearts. The study, led by Department of Physiology researcher Dr. Rajesh Katare, is the first to compare the cardiac repair potential of three types of stem cells from an individual patient. (2016-11-24)

Ex vivo neural stem cell expansion
In the March 1 issue of G&D, Dr. Christopher Fasano (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) and colleagues lend new mechanistic insight into the effective generation of neural stem cells outside of the neurogenic niche. (2009-02-28)

New technique boosts potential for growing stem cells
A new method developed by University of Toronto researchers for growing specialized cells from embryonic stem cells could provide large numbers of these valuable cells for research and clinical purposes. (2002-05-27)

How blood can be rejuvenated
Our blood stem cells generate around a thousand billion new blood cells every day. But the blood stem cells' capacity to produce blood changes as we age. This leads to older people being more susceptible to anaemia, lowered immunity and a greater risk of developing certain kinds of blood cancer. Now for the first time, a research team at Lund University in Sweden has succeeded in rejuvenating blood stem cells with established reduced function in aging mice. The study is published in Nature Communications. (2017-02-23)

ViaCell Inc., the world's largest umbilical cord blood research and banking company comments on Bush administration's decision
ViaCell, Inc., a fully-integrated cellular therapy company committed to enabling the development of additional therapeutic applications for umbilical cord blood stem cells, commended the Bush Administration's decision to support additional funding for alternative sources of stem cells. Umbilical cord blood is considered an attractive alternative source and is an abundant and non-controversial store of neonatal stem cells.ViaCell has pioneered a platform technology, Selective Amplification™, that enables the expansion of the umbilical cord blood stem cell population. (2001-08-10)

Scientists find a groovy way to influence specialization of stem cells
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have shown for the first time that the specialised role stem cells go on to perform is controlled by primary cilia -- tiny hair-like structures protruding from a cell. (2013-12-18)

The egg makes sure that sperm don't get too old
In contrast to women, men are fertile throughout life, but research at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has now shown that a fertilizing sperm can get help from the egg to rejuvenate. The result is an important step towards future stem cell therapy. (2009-03-25)

Scientists isolate cancer stem cells
Cancer prevention researchers have discovered a protein marker that allows them to isolate cancer stem cells from regular cancer cells. By targeting this marker, scientists are developing new drugs to kill the stem cells and stop cancer from returning. (2008-09-11)

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