Posts Tagged ‘reprogramming’

Location, location, location – stem cells need the right neighbours

Author: David Kent, 06/12/17

Last month two papers created a pretty big wave in the blood stem cell field: Work from Harvard Medical School and Cornell University showed that functional human blood stem cells could be created from reprogrammed cells. While it is most certainly the closest that researchers have come to creating blood stem cells in large numbers…Read more

Right Turn: The robots aren’t coming, they’re here

Author: Stacey Johnson, 03/31/17

via GIPHY Artificial Intelligence (AI) already permeates our culture and that’s only going to increase with time and advances to the technology. Some think this is good news, progress and inevitable while others, like Stephen Hawking for example, fear where AI could take us. AI is on my mind this week with the announcement that…Read more

The stem cell therapy’s obstacle course

Author: Jovana Drinjakovic, 08/25/16

Science fiction became real life in September 2014, when a team of eye surgeons in Japan transplanted a body part, grown entirely in a dish, into the eye of a patient suffering from an eye disease. The retinal graft came from the patient’s skin cells, raising hopes that one day our own bodies could be…Read more

iPS cell technology – kickstarting our ability to control cell identity

Author: Holly Wobma, 08/25/16

When you hear the word “stem cell,” I imagine this conjures up the image of cells that are special. Unlike most cells, stem cells can differentiate into other cell types. They hold the promise of curing many diseases, and thus they are continually the source of hype in mainstream and social media. Yet the above…Read more

Blog carnival update: Topic and bloggers revealed!

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/18/16

In case you missed it: Signals is hosting its first “blog carnival” on August 25, 2016. What is that you ask? Think of a blog carnival as a single venue hosting a variety of entertainment. In this case, the “entertainment” are posts from influential bloggers across the stem cell research community all blogging on the…Read more

Right Turn: Rock star in a Petri dish

Author: Alanna Evans, 07/15/16

You could say Guy Ben-Ary is a rock-n-roll Renaissance man. In his 9-to-5 life, he’s manager of CellCentral, Australia’s first integrated histology and biological imaging lab. And in the hours that remain, he’s an artist drawing inspiration from his day job. Most recently, his scientific and creative pursuits were put to the test when he…Read more

Ugly duckling spreads its wings

Author: Jovana Drinjakovic, 06/13/16

  When Dr. Andras Nagy, a Senior Scientist at Sinai Health System’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto, set out to catalogue molecular events behind reprogramming — a process of making stem cells in a dish ­— he did not expect to uncover a new kind of stem cell. But not everyone was enchanted, and Nagy…Read more

The waiting game: First human iPSC clinical trial on hold

Author: Guest, 09/01/15

. Nicole Forgione is a post-doctoral fellow working in the Fehlings group at the Toronto Western Research Institute. Currently she holds a Toronto Western Research Institute Fellowship to support her work on cell-based regenerative therapies for traumatic spinal cord injury. Nicole earned her BA from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied English Literature and Biology….Read more

Human brains, frozen for 11 years, still yield pluripotent stem cells

Author: Paul Krzyzanowski, 01/09/14

> If your morning cup of coffee wasn’t enough to wake you up today, researchers from the New York Stem Cell Foundation and Columbia University just reported being able to generate iPS cells from human brain tissue that’s been frozen for 11 years: Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from patients with neurodegenerative disease generally…Read more

Day 2 at #TMM2013: Outliers and Rebellious Cells

Author: David Kent, 10/24/13

> Day 2 of TMM2013 began with a video link shared session between this meeting here in Banff and another happening in Leipzig. It was a pretty cool idea and underscores two neat things about the Canadian Stem Cell Network and CCRM. First, despite being viewed as a national stem cell network meeting there is…Read more