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Researchers find safer way to make stem cells

snippet: "...scientists have turned skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells or iPS cells -- which look and act like embryonic stem cells -- without having to use viruses in the process."
17 February 2009 @ 11:44 pm
I know it's not non-embryonic stem cell related, but I thought some might be interested in this story.
Fetal stem cells trigger tumors in ill boy

"A family desperate to save a child from a lethal brain disease sought highly experimental injections of fetal stem cells — injections that triggered tumors in the boy's brain and spinal cord"
22 November 2008 @ 12:20 am
1st Trachea Transplant From Stem Cells

"The doctors took adult stem cells and some other cells from the healthy right airway of the woman needing the trachea transplant, grafted those cells onto the stripped-down donated trachea, and marinated the trachea in chemicals in a lab to coax the trachea into rebuilding itself.

When the trachea was ready, the doctors implanted it into the patient. The procedure worked, and since the trachea had been prepped by the patient's own stem cells before transplantation, her body accepted it without immune-suppressing drugs."
09 October 2008 @ 10:50 pm
Stem cells from testicles an option to embryos

"Cells taken from men's testicles seem as versatile as the stem cells derived from embryos"
Stem Cells Found in Teeth Show Promise for Treating Brain Injuries

snippet from the very short write-up:
"University of Adelaide researchers say they could be close to repairing stroke-damaged brains using stem cells taken from teeth"
02 July 2008 @ 09:38 pm
Adult Stem Cells Improve Fracture Healing

"Researchers believe a key reason for bone union failure may be a deficiency in adult stem cells, which normally become reparative cells in response to damage. Stem cells in human bone marrow, called mesenchymal stem cells, can become bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, and blood vessel cells, according to Spagnoli. Directing these stem cells into the repair mode is one of the objectives of a new branch of medicine called regenerative medicine."
21 June 2008 @ 12:20 am
Overseas treatment improves girl's sight

"Kacie, who is blind, returned Monday from China, where she received umbilical cord stem cell treatment in hopes of improving her eyesight.

Kacie was born with Septo-Optic Dysplasia, an underdevelopment of the optic nerve and pituitary gland. She could see bright colors out of her right eye but only light and dark out of her left eye.

During treatment overseas, her family started noticing improvements. Kacie looked at a photograph of her father, Stephen Sallee, on the computer, and saw his eyes and mouth were more defined, Marinda Sallee said.

"Before, she would look at a face and say it had spots on it," she said."
Researchers to test adult stem cells to treat Crohn's

"director of clinical research in the gastroenterology division at Stony Brook University Medical Center, is embarking on a clinical study involving the infusion of adult stem cells, which he and other researchers theorize may force the condition into retreat."
08 June 2008 @ 03:54 pm
Stem Cells Apparently Cure Boy's Fatal Disease

snippet: "Using stem cells from umbilical cord blood and bone marrow, researchers have apparently cured a fatal genetic disease in a 2-year-old Minneapolis boy, which could open the door for other stem cell treatments.

For the first time in his life, Nate Liao is wearing normal clothes, eating food that has not been pureed, and playing with his siblings."
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