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Trial underway to treat AMD-related vision loss via stem cell implants

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects more than 1.75 million individuals in the United States. Because the population is aging, that number will increase to almost 3 million by 2020. Between 80 and 90 percent of cases in this country are the dry version of the condition, for which no effective treatment exists.

'Sleeping' stem cells could aid brain repair

Scientists at the Wellcome Trust/ Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, have identified a new type of stem cell in the brain which they say has a high potential for repair following brain injury or disease.

What’s the Stem Cells Buzz this Week? - How Cigarette Smoke affects ASCs, MSC-Cancer Cell Cross-talk, Stem Cell Defect in Transgenic Mice, and Gastric Cancer CSCs!

The Stem Cells Portal brings you a roundup of some of the new and exciting stories in the ever-changing world of stem cells, regenerative medicine, and beyond!

Adipose Stem Cell-mediated Cardiac Repair: Melatonin Encapsulation to the Rescue!

A new study reveals that polymer-encapsulated melatonin can improve adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cell survival post-transplantation and boost cardiac repair

Laying Bare the Molecular Mechanisms behind Mitochondrial Dynamics in Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers studying the molecular mechanisms that control mitochondrial dynamics in pluripotent cells discover a role for the apoptosis-related protein MCL-1

What’s the Stem Cells Buzz this Week? - NSC-mediated PD Brain Rejuvenation, Kidney Stem Cell Perspective, Hypoxia Mimetic for MSCs, and Engineered Adenosine-releasing Neurons!

The Stem Cells Portal brings you a roundup of some of the new and exciting stories in the ever-changing world of stem cells, regenerative medicine, and beyond!

Researchers identify wide variety of previously unknown cell subtypes in the eye

In work that brings researchers closer to the goal of precision medicine approaches to treating glaucoma and other neurodegenerative vision diseases, a new Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) study has, for the first time, been able to identify a wide variety of previously unknown cell subtypes in the human eye. The cells — called retinal ganglion cells, also known as RGCs — are the neurons that take visual information from the eye to the brain for processing and interpretation, which is how we see things.

Adult-onset neurodegeneration has roots in early development

The disease mechanism for adult-onset progressive degenerative diseases begins much earlier than previously thought, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Stem cell-based transplant trials on hold while committee investigates safety

Science magazine reports that cellular and molecular biologist Patricia Murray, Ph.D., and biochemist Raphaël Lévy, Ph.D., of the University of Liverpool have filed a second complaint with the U.K. Parliament's Science and Technology Committee (SCT) in an effort to stop two trials of stem cell-based larynx and trachea transplants. The trials have been placed on hold while the committee investigates.

Burn Injury Wound Healing Improved with Adipose Stem Cell-laden Hydrogels

A new study highlights the potential for meshed autografts and adipose stem cell-laden hydrogels in wound healing in an animal model of human burn injuries

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