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Researchers develop a method for controlling gene activation

The researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, have developed a new method which enables the activation of genes in a cell without changing the genome. Applications of the method include directing the differentiation of stem cells. The method was developed by researchers Diego Balboa and Jere Weltner, who are working on their doctoral dissertations [...]

New stem cell research uncovers causes of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

New research from the Advanced Gene and Cell Therapy Lab at Royal Holloway, University of London has used pioneering stem cell techniques to better understand why certain cells are more at risk of degenerating in Spinal Muscular Atrophy than others. Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a devastating hereditary disease and is the biggest genetic killer in [...]

BMC/BU receives grant to create first open access lung stem cell repository

The Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University (BU) has been awarded a grant to establish the first-of-its-kind stem cell repository that researchers across the country can access for free. The five-year $2.7 million federal grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will help expand and [...]

UCLA researchers unlock protein key to harnessing regenerative power of blood stem cells

In a study led by Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research member, Dr. John Chute, UCLA scientists have for the first time identified a unique protein that plays a key role in regulating blood stem cell replication in humans. This discovery lays the groundwork for a better understanding of [...]

UCLA researchers identify unique protein key to the development of blood stem cells

Led by Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research member Dr. Hanna Mikkola, UCLA scientists have discovered a unique protein that is integral to the self-renewal of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) during human development. This discovery lays the groundwork for researchers to generate HSCs in the lab (in vitro) that [...]