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2011-06-27 06:00:00

MADISON, Wis., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) today announced the online publication of an article in the journal Blood demonstrating for the first time a methodology for researchers to access the biology stored in repositories of banked blood samples through the creation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). According to the article, entitled "Human lymphoblastoid B-cell lines reprogrammed to EBV-free induced pluripotent stem cells," the derived...

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2011-06-16 07:59:06

Researchers have used cutting-edge stem cell technology to correct a genetic defect present in a rare blinding disorder, another step on a promising path that may one day lead to therapies to reverse blindness caused by common retinal diseases such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa which affect millions of individuals. In a study appearing in an advance online publication of the journal Stem Cells on June 15, 2011, investigators used recently developed technology to generate...

2011-06-15 15:02:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation today announced the launch of CytoTune(TM)-iPS Reprogramming Kit -- research technology that provides far improved efficiency over standard methods to develop induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from human somatic cells. The ability to more easily create larger numbers of these embryonic stem cell-like cells can expedite basic research and studies that target specific diseases. Widely accepted methods for...

2011-06-14 10:33:00

FRC Urges Foundation to Issue Retraction, Offer Full Correction WASHINGTON, June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council (FRC) today criticized the National Science Foundation (NSF) for displaying appalling ignorance about stem cells. In touting NSF funding of a publication about stem cell comparisons, NSF put out a press release titled "Social scientists study impact of human adult stem cell research." But the paper NSF references, and which the science agency funded,...

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2011-06-13 11:14:18

Researchers say human adult and embryonic stem cell research is complementary New research says studying both adult and embryonic stem cells can benefit medical science, but banning the study of either type could harm studies of the other. Researchers from the University of Michigan, Stanford University and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. recently investigated whether the increased number of studies with a certain type of adult stem cell has changed the overall course of research in the...

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2011-06-10 05:35:00

According to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Michigan, any legislation that slows human embryonic stem cell research is likely to also seriously harm the study of induced pluripotent stem cells. The findings refute the idea that embryonic stem cell research can be abandoned in favor of the less-controversial iPS cells. "If federal funding stops for human embryonic stem cell research, it would have a serious negative...

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2011-06-09 09:11:46

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a gene and a novel signaling pathway, both critical for making the first hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in developing vertebrate embryos. The discovery has implications for developing stem cell-based therapies for diseases like leukemia and congenital blood disorders. HSCs are multipotent stem cells that give rise to all blood cell types, including red blood and immune cells. Existing medical treatments...

2011-06-08 06:00:00

MADISON, Wis., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. (CDI) today announced an agreement with iPS Academia Japan, Inc., who will distribute CDI's iCell® Cardiomyocytes, the first commercially available product based on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), in Japan. This distribution agreement brings the vision of the two pioneers of iPSC technology, Dr. James Thomson and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, a step closer to making the technology widely...

2011-05-18 13:40:48

A team of scientists from Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have shown how proteins involved in controlling genes work together to carry out their functions in stem cells and demonstrated for the very first time, how they can change interaction partners to make other types of cells. The work highlighted the collaborative nature of modern biology in which techniques and knowledge from bioinformatics analysis, structural biology,...

2011-05-18 09:17:00

FREMONT, Calif., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Biomerix Corporation and Cellon today announced a strategic distribution agreement for the Biomerix 3D Scaffold, a novel three-dimensional tissue scaffold. Under the agreement, Cellon will market and distribute the Biomerix 3D Scaffold to research institutions across Europe. Comprised of a non-degradable, three-dimensional, open-cell polycarbonate polyurethane, the Biomerix 3D Scaffold is designed to mimic the nature and function of the...


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