Archive for March, 2012

The payoff of patenting your research: Aldagen as a case study

Author: Paul Krzyzanowski, 03/27/12

Without a doubt, scientific research has the potential to discover new knowledge that can be used to improve human life. New tools and new ways of doing things are constantly being developed or invented, but arguably need to be commercialized before their benefits become widespread. With commercialization can come profit, and from the perspective of…Read more

Using titanium to induce bone differentiation and personalized implants

Author: Angela C. H. McDonald, 03/21/12

Titanium can be found everywhere. It is used in cars, sporting equipment and even jewelry manufacturing. But did you know that titanium products are used inside the human body? You may know someone who has undergone a joint replacement procedure or someone who has a dental implant. For decades, titanium alloys have been used as…Read more

Another success for StemCellTalks

Author: Ben Paylor, 03/19/12

Photo: Mario Moscovici For those who have been involved with StemCellTalks, it’s hard to believe that it’s already in its third year. Some degree of perspective on the pace at which it has been growing can be found in the numbers associated with the event. To date, StemCellTalks symposia have been hosted six times in…Read more

The evolution of biomaterials

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 03/13/12

I’ve been working in the field of biomaterials for over five years now. A short period of time, but nevertheless I’ve noticed that the field has evolved considerably. Since the inception of “biologically compatible materials,” their capabilities, functionalities and uses have undergone multiple stages of change. There are distinct turning points when biomaterial research is…Read more

Good start to the year for umbilical cord blood stem cells

Author: Angela C. H. McDonald, 03/06/12

In 1988, the first umbilical cord hematopoietic stem cell transplant was conducted and since that time, over 20,000 umbilical cord blood transplants have been reported around the world. The technique offers several advantages over bone marrow in the treatment of blood disorders including noninvasive accessibility to umbilical cord blood as well as decreased graft versus…Read more

A crack in the origin of eggs: policy and fertility implications of oogonial stem cells

Author: Stem Cell Network, 03/05/12

by Lisa Willemse, with Ubaka Ogbogu and Timothy Caulfield The announcement last week that a team of researchers had identified stem cells responsible for generating human eggs caused a ripple of excitement for several reasons. Not only does the news end a controversy regarding an assertion by the same research team that such oogonial stem…Read more