Archive for January, 2011

Progress being made in developing stem cell-based treatments for ALS/MND

Author: Stem Cell Network, 01/27/11

Earlier this week, many of the world’s leading scientists engaged in developing stem cell-based treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Motor Neuron Disease (MND) met for the first time as a group to share their work. Held in New York, the meeting was organized by the International Consortium of Stem Cell Networks in partnership…Read more

Mind the gap: study examines newspaper coverage of stem cell tourism

Author: David Grant, 01/26/11

How do newspaper articles portray stem cell tourism? A research team at the University of Alberta recently asked this question, and their results were published last month in the journal Nature. Their conclusions were both surprising, and hopeful. The team, led by Timothy Caulfield, analyzed tonality, agenda setting and framing in 445 newspaper articles on…Read more

Genetic diversity in leukemia cells

Author: Chris Kamel, 01/24/11

Although tumours are typically thought of as a single entity, the cells that make up a tumour are genetically diverse. The traditional view of cancer progression — in which a tumour arises from a single cell after accumulated mutations — suggests that tumour cells, while genetically diverse due to selective pressures and other evolutionary forces,…Read more

A tribute to Ernest “Bun” McCulloch (1926-2011)

Author: Stem Cell Network, 01/20/11

  On January 20, 2011 Ernest (“Bun”) McCulloch passed away. Although Bun was known to the young generation of stem cell researchers only by reputation, for those of us who knew him “back then” he was an icon. “Back then” was the 60s and 70s when the group led by Bun McCulloch and Jim Till…Read more

Keeping the lights on

Author: David Kent, 01/19/11

Banned from receiving federal funds in 2004 by the Bush administration, human embryonic stem cell research was recently embraced by the Obama administration in March 2009 — sort of, anyway. As many readers are no doubt aware, U.S. courts are currently embroiled in a debate about whether or not the federal government should be funding human…Read more

Implications of court decision and research ethics policy update in Canada

Author: Ubaka Ogbogu, 01/13/11

A couple of significant updates to report on from the ethics and law arena: On December 22, 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its long-awaited judgment in the Reference re: Assisted Human Reproduction Act case involving a constitutional challenge brought by the province of Quebec against several sections of the Assisted Human Reproduction…Read more

Stem cells in a bottle

Author: Stem Cell Network, 01/12/11

In an article in the Globe and Mail this past weekend, reporter Carolyn Abraham provided an interesting and under-reported glimpse into the cosmetics industry use of stem cells to market their products. She notes:

Obama Administration issues memorandum on principles of scientific integrity

Author: Ubaka Ogbogu, 01/04/11

In March 2009, in his remarks at the signing of an Executive Order to reverse the Bush-era stem cell research funding restrictions, President Obama directed John P. Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, to “develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making” by ensuring that science policy is…Read more