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Coverage of the latest news and updates from the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine.

September 9, 2014

As we age, stem cells throughout our bodies gradually lose their capacity to repair damage even from normal wear and tear. Researchers have discovered the reason why this decline occurs in our skeletal muscle.

September 9, 2014

What if repairing large segments of damaged muscle tissue was as simple as mobilizing the body’s stem cells to the site of the injury? New research suggests that “in body” regeneration of muscle tissue might be possible by harnessing the body’s natural healing powers.

September 8, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval to begin a clinical trial of a stem cell therapy in patients with spinal cord injury. The phase I/IIa clinical trial is designed to test the safety of AST-OPC1 cells, a product of Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc., Menlo Park, Calif.

September 8, 2014

Rare stem cells in testes that produce a biomarker protein called PAX7 help give rise to new sperm cells—and may hold a key to restoring fertility.

September 7, 2014

Researchers at the University of Basel report that initial results of a clinical trial testing cartilage grafts for knees engineered from the patient’s nasal cells is “highly promising.”

September 7, 2014

Creating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) allows researchers to establish “disease in a dish” models of conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to diabetes.

August 26, 2014

Gamida Cell has signed an investment and option agreement with Novartis in which the Swiss pharmaceutical company will receive 15% equity and an option to fully acquire Gamida Cell.

August 26, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted ViaCyte Inc.’s Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for its VC-01 candidate cell replacement therapy to treat type 1 diabetes.

August 25, 2014

A Roman Catholic diocese in Cincinnati is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group's funding of embryonic stem cell research is "in direct conflict with Catholic teaching."

August 25, 2014

Stem cell biologists have found a way to reprogram a patient’s skin cells into cells that mimic and display many biological features of a rare genetic disorder called familial dysautonomia.

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