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Questions raised about XCell Center

In recent years the Stem Cell Network has worked closely with its international colleagues to shed light on clinics offering “stem cell” therapies for which there is scant scientific evidence. One such initiative is A Closer Look at Stem Cell Treatments, a web...

The tell-tale heart: Firefly genes for stem cell tracking

As mentioned in a previous post, in order to fully understand what’s happening when stem cells are used for in clinical or in vivo research, we need some way to track them, preferably in a non-invasive manner. This can be done with either reporter genes or some...

RNA-induction: A new method for iPS cell production

The reprogramming of differentiated adult cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells is accomplished by the expression of a small number of key genes. This is typically done by introducing DNA either by transfection or with viral vectors. Current methods,...