Stem Cells in Focus

    • 8 August, 2019

    Inspirational and Practical Messages from the First ISSCR Women in Science Luncheon

    The ISSCR hosted a panel of leading women scientists who shared their personal life experiences and discussed how they communicate in fields still largely dominated by men. Trainee Elisa Giacomelli shares her reactions to this inspiring panel.
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    • 5 July, 2019

    The Stem Cell Conference Where Even the Smartest People Learn Something

    At first glance, a scientific conference is not the place you would think about going to learn about how to run a political or any other kind of campaign. But then the ISSCR Annual Meeting is not your average conference. And that’s why CIRM is there and has been going to these events for as long as we have been around.
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    • 6 May, 2019

    The Genetic Modification of Humans has (Probably) Occurred – What Now?

    Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the world in November 2018 when he reported the birth of twin girls born from genetically altered embryos, with another genetically-altered baby on the way.
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    • 1 April, 2019

    Stem Cells for Parkinson’s: Therapy and Tools for a Neurological Disorder

    Current treatments for Parkinson's disease can ease some symptoms, but no available therapies stop or slow the progression of the disease. Scientists are using stem cells to better understand and treat Parkinson’s disease. Learn more from this guest blog post from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
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    • 7 March, 2019

    How Induced Pluripotency Changed Stem Cell Science

    An important achievement in stem cell research was recognized in 2012, when the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to two scientists who transformed the field: Shinya Yamanaka and John Gurdon. Together, they received the award for “the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent.” The impact of this breakthrough opened myriad possibilities for stem cell research and continues to propel the field forward; both men will be addressing the ISSCR annual meeting, 26-29 June, in Los Angeles, Calif.
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    • 8 February, 2019

    Enlisting Stem Cells in the War on Heart Disease

    Ischemic heart disease is the number one cause of death in men and women worldwide, far surpassing cancers and infectious diseases. February is heart disease awareness month, a time to take stock of how stem cells are being used to better understand, and potentially treat, heart disease.
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    • 4 January, 2019

    Single Cell Sequencing: Unwinding Embryonic Development One Cell at a Time

    At one point, we were all just one single cell: a fertilized zygote formed when a sperm and egg fused together. That one cell gave rise to all of the roughly 37 trillion specialized cells that make up each of our bodies today. Recently named the 2018 Science Magazine “Breakthrough of the Year,” single cell sequencing allows scientists to retrace the steps that cells took during development, one cell at a time.
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    • 11 December, 2018

    Scientists Discover Bone-a fide Human Skeletal Stem Cell

    If you’ve ever broken a bone, you are not alone. Statistics show that, over a lifetime, the average person experiences 2 bone fractures. Recently, scientists have discovered human skeletal stem cells, that are providing insights into human skeletal development and potential therapeutics.
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    • 12 November, 2018

    The Ubiquitous Stem Cell Sales Pitch

    These advertisements increasingly appear on the internet or in multi-page print ads, and they’re now in television and radio spots too. These seminars are the latest attempts by rogue stem cell clinics to promote their products, which are untested and have little, if any, rigorous scientific support.
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    • 1 October, 2018

    Stem Cells and Aging – What Happens When Our Stem Cells Get Old and Tired?

    Aging is an inevitable, unnerving process that confronts us all. But what is the biology that underlies this process? And what if advances in the field of regenerative medicine could counteract this decline and alleviate the symptoms of old age?
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    • 10 September, 2018

    Gene Therapy: Treating the Cause, Not the Symptom

    Gene therapy, CRISPR, and gene editing are all terms that are beginning to appear more frequently in headlines, and the concept of manipulating DNA inside cells – once found only in science fiction – is now reality. In fact, gene editing is routinely done in labs around the world, with potentially transformative applications for medicine. In this post, we discuss what gene therapy is, what is new and exciting in the field, and why the technology could change the way we treat certain diseases.
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    • 14 August, 2018

    Stem Cell Scientists and The Public: Personal Reflections

    A recent public forum in Melbourne, Australia, “Stem Cell Research – Now and in the Future,” allowed scientists and experts to share with the public the potential of this rapidly advancing research. In this blog post, three Australian stem cell scientists who attended the session describe their personal reflections on public engagement.
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    • 10 July, 2018

    Learning about Stem Cells Down Under

    Stem cell research was recently brought out of the laboratory and into the public discourse in an open public forum held in conjunction with the 16th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) in Melbourne, Australia.
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    • 7 May, 2018

    Stem Cells as Anti-Cancer Vaccines?

    Vaccines are routinely used to increase immunity against a variety of infectious diseases, such as influenza, measles, and chicken pox, to name a few. Rather than vaccinating against viral infectious diseases, however, imagine a vaccine that could prevent cancer.
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    • 6 April, 2018

    Can Stem Cell-Based Treatments Provide a Durable Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease?

    April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a time intended to raise the visibility of a disease that effects an estimated five to ten million people world-wide and to share its personal, societal, and scientific impact. The medical community has been “aware” of this disease since its published description by James Parkinson in 1817.
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    • 9 March, 2018

    What Can We Learn from the (Tasmanian) Devil?

    Why might stem cell scientists care about a small marsupial unique to Tasmania, a small island off the coast of Australia? Good question. Tasmanian devils are afflicted with a unique type of cancer that is transmitted from animal to animal – a disease that is threatening existence of the species.
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    • 13 February, 2018

    Novel Stem Cell Therapy Grows New Skin

    Imagine skin so fragile that rubbing or scratching it can lead to severe blistering and massive wounds. Patients with a rare genetic disease known as junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) suffer from just this painful phenomenon.
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    • 9 January, 2018

    Better Defining Blood Stem Cells to Help Refine Treatments

    As we develop and age, some of our tissues are replenished and repaired by adult, or tissue-specific, stem cells. These are specialized cells required throughout life that have the potential to give rise to all types of cells in a given tissue.
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    • 6 December, 2017

    Regulators, Legislators Taking Action on Unproven Stem Cell “Treatments”

    The scientific and clinical communities have long been troubled by clinics operating around the world that market unproven stem cell “treatments” directly to patients. It is particularly distressing that people often go to these clinics for relief or a cure for an intractable disease or injury, and can end up paying thousands of dollars for products that are not approved for use as advertised, have not been scientifically tested to know if they work, and can put their health in jeopardy.
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