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August 26, 2009

Donald G. Phinney, PhD, is Professor of Immunology and Microbiology and Associate Director for Research at Tulane's Center for Gene Therapy. Professor Phinney investigates the basic biology of Mesenchymal Stem Cells and their potential use for treatment of chronic lung disease and disorders of the central nervous system. Studies in mice have spurred pre-clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of intracranial stem cell transplantation for the treatment of neurological sequelae resulting from lysosomal storage diseases.

August 26, 2009
Study Reports Successful Cloning of Human Embryo Using Adult DNA Key Step Toward Developing Embryonic Stem Cell Lines for Therapeutic Cloning

DURHAM, N.C., January 17 - A California research team has become the first to report, and painstakingly document, the cloning of a human embryo using donated oocytes (egg cells) and DNA from the cells of an adult donor. The study was published online today by the journal "Stem Cells."

The experiments, using a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), provide key steps toward the development of patient-specific embryonic stem cells for use in developing new treatments for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and spinal cord injury, among others. The lead author was Andrew J. French, Ph.D., of Stemagen Corp., a private company headquartered in La Jolla, Calif.

August 26, 2009
Key Step toward Clinical Testing of Stem Cells Developed from Patients' Skin Cells

DURHAM, N.C., April 30 - Researchers have succeeded in inducing stem cells grown from mouse skin cells to differentiate into functioning cardiovascular and blood cells, according to a study publishing online tomorrow in the journal "Stem Cells."

"Induced Pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are reprogrammed cells obtained by genetic manipulation of normal adult cells that then express capabilities similar to embryonic stem cells," explains Dr. Miodrag Stojković, Co-Editor of "Stem Cells." "That is, iPS cells are theoretically able to differentiate into 220 different cell types. For the first time, scientists from UCLA were able to induce the Differentiation of mouse iPS cells into functional heart cells, smooth muscle cells, and blood cells."

August 26, 2009

JOURNAL “STEM CELLS” PRESENTS 3rd ANNUAL YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD AT INTERNATIONAL STEM CELL SYMPOSIUM

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