Archive for February, 2011

Horse-derived iPS cells

Author: Chris Kamel, 02/28/11

We’ve talked often about induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) on this blog — the transformation of adult terminally differentiated cells into stem cells that can differentiate into various lineages — mostly in the context of discoveries in mice and potential applications in regenerative therapy for humans. One thing mentioned less often is the use of stem cell…Read more

Progress in ES research, despite the hurdles

Author: Michelle Ly, 02/22/11

As we get further into 2011, embryonic stem (ES) cells continue to be a hot topic.  The ability of ES cells to differentiate into virtually any other type of cell makes them a prime avenue for research in biomedical applications.  They have also been a source of great continuing controversy not only in North America,…Read more

It’s a matter of attraction: homing and mobility in the blood system

Author: Michelle Ly, 02/14/11

In previous posts, I discussed the use of cell therapy, specifically the application of allogenic or autologous hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), as a way to repopulate blood cell lineages to normal levels post-treatment in patients suffering from certain types of blood-related cancers. These therapies would not be successful if not for the ability of stem…Read more

If you build it, they will come: money + resources = interdisciplinary teams

Author: David Kent, 02/11/11

One of the most striking observations I have made since I began my stem cell training involves the hugely positive effects of substantial resources on the field of stem cell biology. Building on the momentum of two stunning advances in developmental biology in the late 1990s (cloning Dolly the sheep and creating of human embryonic…Read more

Regulatory landscape for assisted reproduction and related research in Canada

Author: Ubaka Ogbogu, 02/08/11

A few weeks ago I blogged about the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on the constitutional validity of several sections of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, Canada’s assisted reproduction and embryo research legislation. I am currently preparing a paper for the Health Law Review looking at the impact of the decision on activities regulated by the Act. The paper includes a table…Read more

The underused academic

Author: Paul Krzyzanowski, 02/01/11

Last month, The Economist published a very dismal article about PhD holder’s employment prospects entitled “The Disposable Academic”. Ouch. Nevertheless, the article made its rounds through the Internet and I received the link at least six times. It was very critical of the apparent oversupply of PhD’s, and The Economist summarized what every dissatisfied researcher…Read more