Stem Cell Gallery now available online

Author: Stem Cell Network, 03/30/10

The Stem Cell Network has received a lot of beautiful images and great stem cell-inspired artwork from members and trainees over the course of the last two years, as a part of our Cells I See art initiative. And we’re happy to say that the artwork is now available for viewing on our website’s Stem Cell…Read more

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

iPS cells named “Method of the Year” in 2009

Author: Stem Cell Network, 01/19/10

The journal Nature Methods recently announced induced pluripotent stem cells as Method of the Year 2009 for its potential for biological discovery. In the few short years since their discovery by Japanese researcher Shinya Yamanaka, iPS cells have become one of the most studied – and promising – cell types to model disease. iPS are…Read more

Ethical and legal questions important in moving stem cell therapies to clinic

Author: Michael Rudnicki, 12/11/09

iPS cells give us an unprecedented opportunity to create patient- and disease-specific cells. Labs around the world have demonstrated that iPS cells can generate disease-specific cells for illnesses such as muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s and type 1 diabetes, among many others. Generating these specific cell cultures is greatly advancing stem cell research by allowing researchers to…Read more

New findings may help premature infants breathe easier

Author: Stem Cell Network, 11/27/09

For infants born prematurely, lung and brain illnesses can have severe and long-term health effects. According to the US National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, about one in three infants born with birth weights below two pounds will be diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a lung disease characterized by poor lung development. A study now…Read more