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Umbilical blood cells kill cancer quicker than adult stem cells

Immature but deadly. Immune cells in fetal blood are better at destroying leukaemia cells than adult stem cells, tests in mice suggest. The results are a surprise because foetal immune cells haven’t had the lifelong “training” that adult immune cells have had, yet they still seem to recognise and destroy abnormal cells. People with blood […]

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Canada Establishes Facility Focused on Stem Cell Research

Mere days ago in January 13, the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a new committee geared towards stem cell research dubbed as the Center for Advanced Therapeutic Cell Technologies. The government has pledged to put $20 million to set up the new organization which is expected to be headquartered in downtown Toronto. The news […]

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Multiple Sclerosis stem cell treatment ‘helps patients walk again’

A new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) has enabled some patients to walk again by “rebooting” their immune systems. As part of a clinical trial at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital involving around 20 patients, scientists used stem cells to carry out a bone marrow transplant. The method known as an autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplant […]

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Stem cells replace surgery in cutting edge knee repair

As a bodybuilder, Harold Chery was a runner up for Mr USA; but years of heavy lifting eventually got him down. His knees took a beating. “I used to squat over 800 pounds,” says Chery.” A car accident was the final straw. Harold’s knees were shot. Now a sports trainer, his livelihood was on the […]

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Diabetes breakthrough: New stem cells that can halt kidney disease about to be tested

NHS experts are about to test a new groundbreaking treatment for diabetic kidney disease that could potentially save thousands of lives a year. The NHS Blood and Transplant section will produce a special type of stem cell, known as stromal stem cells, to give to diabetic patients in England and Northern Ireland taking part in […]

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Researchers Create Model of Early Human Heart Development from Stem Cells

Breakthrough results in early human heart development from stem cells have been achieved by the scientists at the University of California, Berkeley in association with researchers at the Gladstone Institute. The results of the experiment have been published in the Journal of Nature Communications. A template for growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells has […]

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Random stem cell donor helps child leukaemia patient

One-year-old leukemia patient Ana Elena’s 1 in 100 thousand chance of finding a stem cell donor, has become a reality. Her parents received the fantastic news on Friday – a perfect match for the Breda toddler has been found in the world donor bank. “I can not sleep for joy”, mother Carolina Borges told newspaper […]

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Umbilical cells to aid heart patients tested in Bristol

Children with heart problems could soon be treated with stem cells taken from their umbilical cord at birth. Researchers in Bristol have been given special funding from the British Heart Foundation to test the new method of repairing heart damage in young people. The BBC’s Laura Jones reports, see the video here

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‘Natural killer cells’ breakthrough could ‘double’ the effect of a lifesaving cord blood transplant 

A research breakthrough by scientists at the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan could lead to better outcomes for patients having stem cell transplants using umbilical cord blood. The team has found a simple way of activating the natural killer cells in cord blood units to potentially double the effects of the stem cells in the […]

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