Archive for February, 2010

Encouraging cell development to reduce the long-term impacts of heart failure

Author: Stem Cell Network, 02/26/10

Heart failure is a serious yet relatively common condition that limits the ability of the human heart to properly supply the body with blood. The odds of heart failure increase as we age, so finding treatment options is becoming increasingly important as the population ages, particularly given the high cost of current heart failure treatment….Read more

DNA damage necessary for cell development

Author: Stem Cell Network, 02/17/10

Canadian scientists have discovered that stem cells intentionally damage their own DNA in order to regulate development. The breakthrough findings clear up the mystery of how cell death proteins actually promote cell differentiation and cell development. The study, led by Dr. Lynn A. Megeney of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, published in the Proceedings of…Read more

Looking for clues to understand and treat progeria

Author: Stem Cell Network, 02/11/10

The answers to many childhood diseases may be held deep within our cells. Dr. William Stanford, a stem cell researcher at the University of Toronto and co-Director of the Ontario Human iPS Facility, has been looking at the mechanisms that determine whether and how a stem cell will differentiate in hopes of finding treatments for…Read more