How Induced Pluripotency Changed Stem Cell Science

Mar 07 2019
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...
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Enlisting Stem Cells in the War on Heart Disease

Feb 08 2019
The heart works tirelessly for a whole lifetime, pumping fresh blood to the far reaches of the body, supplying oxygen and nutrients. When the heart itself is deprived of blood caused by a blocked artery, the affected tissue withers and scars and can no longer beat (see figure below). According to the World Health Organization,...
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Single Cell Sequencing: Unwinding Embryonic Development One Cell at a Time

Jan 04 2019
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. All the cells from our heads to our toes, every single one...
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Scientists Discover Bone-a fide Human Skeletal Stem Cell

Dec 11 2018
If you’ve ever broken a bone, you are not alone. Statistics show that, over a lifetime, the average person experiences 2 bone fractures. For those with osteoporosis, that figure escalates, on average, to one bone fracture every 3 seconds, or nearly nine million fractures a year. Bone fractures, bone pain, and deformities that result from...
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The Ubiquitous Stem Cell Sales Pitch

Nov 12 2018
Do you suffer from [insert disease/condition/injury here]? Attend our seminar to learn how stem cell therapy is helping people just like you! 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...
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