New stem cell approach targeting deadly blood cancers

Every four minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with a blood cancer. It might be lymphoma or leukemia, myeloma or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). While we have made great strides in treating some of these over the years, we still have a long way to go. Need proof? Well, every nine minutes someone in the US … Continue reading New stem cell approach targeting deadly blood cancers

Stem cell stories that caught our eye: young blood, cord blood, and blood cancers

Here are some stem cell stories that caught our eye this past week. Some are groundbreaking science, others are of personal interest to us, and still others are just fun. Pinning down young blood’s rejuvenating power. A trio of studies in the past week provided more evidence that giving older mice the blood of younger … Continue reading Stem cell stories that caught our eye: young blood, cord blood, and blood cancers

Through their lens: Alexander Seutin learns how computer technology can help unlock secrets of blood cancers

This summer we’re sponsoring high school interns in stem cell labs throughout California. We asked those students to contribute to our Instagram photos and YouTube videos about life in the lab, and write about their experiences.Alexander Seutin did a stem cell research internship this summer in the laboratory of Ravi Majeti at Stanford University. This summer I worked at … Continue reading Through their lens: Alexander Seutin learns how computer technology can help unlock secrets of blood cancers

Through their lens: Ted Zhu learns the thrill of the "aha!" moment while working on blood cancer

This summer we’re sponsoring high school interns in stem cell labs throughout California. We asked those students to contribute to our Instagram photos and YouTube videos about life in the lab, and write about their experiences.Ted Zhu will be a junior at Walnut High School.  He works in Dr. Ren-Jang Lin’s lab, where he is designing a site-specific nuclease … Continue reading Through their lens: Ted Zhu learns the thrill of the "aha!" moment while working on blood cancer

Through their lens: Ted Zhu learns the thrill of the “aha!” moment while working on blood cancer

This summer we’re sponsoring high school interns in stem cell labs throughout California. We asked those students to contribute to our Instagram photos and YouTube videos about life in the lab, and write about their experiences.Ted Zhu will be a junior at Walnut High School.  He works in Dr. Ren-Jang Lin’s lab, where he is designing a site-specific nuclease … Continue reading Through their lens: Ted Zhu learns the thrill of the “aha!” moment while working on blood cancer

UCLA launches CIRM-funded clinical trial using engineered blood stem cells to treat skin cancer

It’s not uncommon for biomedical institutes as well as their funding partners to announce through press releases that a clinical trial they’re running has gotten off the ground and has started to enroll patients. For an outsider looking in, it may seem like they’re jumping the gun a bit. No patients have received the therapy. … Continue reading UCLA launches CIRM-funded clinical trial using engineered blood stem cells to treat skin cancer

Cancer-causing mutations in blood stem cells may also link to heart disease

Whether we read about it in the news or hear it from our doctor, when we think about the causes of heart disease it’s usually some combination of inheriting bad genes from our parents and making poor life style choices like smoking or eating a diet high in fat and cholesterol. But in a fascinating … Continue reading Cancer-causing mutations in blood stem cells may also link to heart disease

Cancer Cells Mimic Blood Vessels to Colonize the Body’s Farthest Reaches

Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have just uncovered the latest dirty trick in the cancer playbook—one that spurs the cancer cells to spread throughout the body and evade treatment. But importantly, they believe they may have found a way to counter it. Reporting today in the journal Nature, Cold Spring Harbor researchers describe how … Continue reading Cancer Cells Mimic Blood Vessels to Colonize the Body’s Farthest Reaches