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....
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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. There are many ways in which scientists, including our members, are using science outside of the laboratory for the public...
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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, and was proudly sponsored by the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia. The public forum,...
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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. Researchers have long been interested in developing a vaccine that can help the body’s immune...
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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. Let that...
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