Archive for March, 2011

Tiny zebrafish shows how kidney regeneration could be achieved

Author: Michelle Ly, 03/24/11

Renal disease threatens approximately 2 million Canadians nationwide. The Kidney Foundation of Canada estimates that each day, an average of 14 Canadians learn that their kidneys have failed. Most diseases of the kidneys affect the nephrons, the functional unit of the kidney. Nephrons fulfill a variety of functions including regulating blood volume, filtering the blood,…Read more

New technologies in stem cell biology and a call to reach back in time

Author: David Kent, 03/22/11

I recently attended a special conference on Stem Cells, Development, and Cancer run by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) where Connie Eaves from the British Columbia Cancer Agency chaired a session entitled “Emerging Technologies” and said something that rang very true to me. She challenged the audience to read the papers from their…Read more

Aussies review embryonic and cloning legislation

Author: Ubaka Ogbogu, 03/17/11

The Australian government is currently reviewing their stem cell and cloning research laws. The review, which began on December 22, 2010 with the appointment of an independent Legislation Review Committee (LRC) chaired by a retired federal judge, is the second since the enactment in 2002 of the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act and…Read more

At long last… a national cord blood bank for Canada

Author: Stem Cell Network, 03/15/11

Yesterday the Ministers of Health for the Provinces and Territories of Canada announced an investment of CAD $48M over eight years to establish a national umbilical cord blood bank for Canada. This is a very welcome, and some might say, overdue investment for which many organisations in the stem cell field have been advocating for some…Read more

Is great science sitting on a shelf?

Author: Paul Krzyzanowski, 03/09/11

Patenting report shows disconnect in Canada by Paul Krzyzanowski Got a patentable idea? You might want to move to Switzerland. A recent article in the Globe and Mail compared Canada’s patenting activity to other major countries, and the small European nation came out a clear winner. 2010 was a record year for US patents issuances to…Read more

Art, science and the perceptions of promise

Author: Stem Cell Network, 03/07/11

What role does art play in communicating science? It’s a question that has been asked and studied rather extensively and it was one of the topics raised during the POP/SCIENCE panel discussion at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary last Thursday. The event was held in conjunction with the Perceptions of Promise art exhibit, currently running at…Read more

Are stem cells branded?

Author: Stem Cell Network, 03/03/11

I’ve heard many different adjectives used to frame discussions of stem cells: powerful, promising, controversial, cutting edge, rejuvenating, mysterious, sexy, to name but a few. All of these descriptors are used in various ways to promote particular opinions, beliefs or imagery of stem cells and many of them, I would argue, are vastly overused and…Read more

Genomic instability in iPS cells

Author: Chris Kamel, 03/02/11

They’re promising, but not perfect. Induced pluripotent stem cells are perhaps one of the most studied areas of stem cell research today, as researchers work to improve their method of production, but new findings out of Canada and Finland suggests that the process of reprogramming may cause unwanted and irreversible DNA damage. As such, the…Read more