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Stem Cells in Focus

  • Gene Therapy: Treating the Cause, Not the Symptom

    Sep 10, 2018
    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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  • Stem Cell Scientists and The Public: Personal Reflections

    Aug 14, 2018
    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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  • Learning about Stem Cells Down Under

    Jul 10, 2018
    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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  • Stem Cells as Anti-Cancer Vaccines?

    May 07, 2018
    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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  • Can Stem Cell-Based Treatments Provide a Durable Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease?

    Apr 06, 2018
    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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