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How newts can help osteoarthritis patients

Scientists at the University of York have taken a leaf out of nature’s book in an attempt to develop effective stem cell treatment for osteoarthritis, a condition which affects millions of people in the UK alone A research team at York has adapted the astonishing capacity of animals such as newts to regenerate lost tissues [...]

Scientists discover rejuvenation factors

Scientists from A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) have discovered metabolic rejuvenation factors in eggs. This critical finding furthers our understanding of how cellular metabolism changes during aging, and during rejuvenation after egg fertilisation. When a sperm fertilises an egg to create a baby, two adult cells combine to form a new embryo. A similar [...]

Can stem cells cause and cure cancer?

Simply put, cancer is caused by mutations to genes within a cell that lead to abnormal cell growth. Finding out what causes that genetic mutation has been the holy grail of medical science for decades. Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology believe they may have found one of [...]

Stem cells help researchers study the effects of pollution on human health

A recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Sciences (JES) shows that embryonic stem cells could serve as a model to evaluate the physiological effects of environmental pollutants efficiently and cost-effectively. The use of stem cells has found another facade. In the world we live in today, people are constantly exposed to artificial substances [...]

Protein identified that favors neuroprotective glial cell formation from stem cells

An international team of researchers has shown that NFIX, a protein that regulates neuronal stem cell activity (NSC), also has a role in driving NSC differentiation toward oligodendrocytes, a type of glial cell. These cells produce the myelin that surrounds and protects neurons. Evidence supporting this mechanism in mice and its potential in the development [...]