Archive for August, 2009

New insights on eye stem cells

Author: Stem Cell Network, 08/26/09

Retinal stem cells have now been created from human skin, adding yet another specialized cell type to a rapidly growing list of cells that can be created using induced pluripotent (iPS) methodology. The finding could prove to be an important method in the production of human retinal cells, which would help overcome one of the…Read more

Launch of the International Stem Cell Registry

Author: Stem Cell Network, 08/12/09

The mission of the University of Massachusetts International Stem Cell Registry is to provide a searchable, comprehensive database that includes published and validated unpublished information on all human embryonic (hESC) and induced pluripotent (iPS) stem cell lines. The goal is to offer current information on all known human pluripotent cell lines, including those approved by the National Institutes of…Read more

How similar are mast cells and hematopoietic stem cells?

Author: Stem Cell Network, 08/07/09

Mast cells are cells of the immune system that play a role in inflammatory responses, such as allergies and asthma. They share a number of surface markers (“identifier” molecules on a cell that help scientists distinguish between different types of cells) with hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). The similarity in these surface markers between mast cells…Read more