January 2006

Cord Blood Banking& Stem Cell24 Jan 2006 10:08 am

Cocktail Growth Factor Achives 30x Expansion in Laboratory

Researcher’s at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge have discovered a cocktail of growth factors that expands the number of stem cells they can grow in the laboratory at least 10 times beyond what anyone has been able to do before. Their findings have been reported in Jan. 22 online issue of Nature Medicine.

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Cord Blood Banking12 Jan 2006 10:07 am

Umbilical Cord Blood Holds Clue to Childhood Allergies

According to a study published in journal Thorax, high levels of antibodies to allergens in baby’s umbilical cord blood is more important in the development of childhood allergies and asthma than exposure to allergens.

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Cord Blood Banking& Stem Cell12 Jan 2006 10:02 am

Umbilical Cord Blood Bank is a Life Saver

The Shanghai Umbilical Cord Blood Bank has completed its pilot period, successfully transfusing six leukemia patients and awaits a license from the Ministry of health.

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Stem Cell11 Jan 2006 01:31 am

Hwang Found Guilty of Fraud; Snuppy is Real Cloned Dog

As reported before Dr. Hwang was able to successfully clone Snuppy, a fact confirmed by the findings of investigative panel at the Seoul National University.
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Advocacy& Stem Cell11 Jan 2006 01:23 am

Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich to Pledge $20M for Stem Cell Research

According to The Examiner, Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich will announce plans to include $20 million for stem cell research in the state’s upcoming budget.

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Advocacy& Spinal Cord Injury& Stem Cell09 Jan 2006 11:20 pm

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Used to Successfully Treat Spinal Cord Injury in Rats

Royan Institute, a research and clinical centre in Iran, scientists successfully used human embryonic stem cells in a novel procedure to heal rats with spinal cord injuries.

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy& Muscular Dystrophy& Stem Cell08 Jan 2006 10:51 pm

Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Can Complement Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Myotubes

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most prevalent inheritable muscle disease. It is caused by mutations in the ~2.5-megabase dystrophin (Dys)-encoding gene. New research indicates human mesenchymal stem cells can participate in myotube formation when cultured together with differentiating human myoblasts. It has also been demonstrated that human mesenchymal stem cells transduced with a tropism-modified high-capacity hybrid viral vector encoding full-length Dys can complement the genetic defect of Duchenne muscular dystrophy myotubes.
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Advocacy& Stem Cell08 Jan 2006 10:16 pm

Kansans Overwhelmingly Support All Types of Stem Cell Research

A recent poll of 800 Kansas voters
conducted by renowned Republican pollster Fred Steeper found that Kansas
voters overwhelmingly support allowing all types of stem cell research and
treatments in Kansas and oppose any state-level bans on stem cell research or
treatments allowed under federal law. By a margin of more than two-to-one,
Kansas voters said they support allowing both adult and early, or embryonic,
stem cell research in the state and oppose a proposed law that would impose a
state ban on the type of stem cell research called Somatic Cell Nuclear
Transfer (SCNT).

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Advocacy& Stem Cell04 Jan 2006 04:05 am

MedGadgets Award: Please Consider Voting for The Stem Cell Blog

Dear Readers,

If you find this blog useful, please consider voting for it for the MedGadgets award.

This blog has been nominated under three categories:
1. Best Medical Weblog
2. Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2005)
3. Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog

Looking forward for your support for this blog.

Angsuman Chakraborty

Advocacy& Stem Cell03 Jan 2006 03:52 am

Stem Cell Research Forge Ahead Despite Adversity in California

California’s leading research universities are spending tens of millions of dollars hiring scientists and building lab space for human embryonic stem cell research, even as money from the state’s massive bond measure remains tied up in court of law.

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