Mechanical forces are the key to speedy recovery after blood cancer treatment

Blood cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, are projected to be responsible for 10% of all new cancer diagnoses this year. These types of cancers are often treated by killing the patient’s bone marrow (the site of blood cell manufacturing), with a treatment called irradiation. While effective for ridding the body of cancerous cells, this … Continue reading Mechanical forces are the key to speedy recovery after blood cancer treatment

CIRM-funded clinical trial takes a combination approach to treating deadly blood cancers

A diagnosis of cancer often means a tough road ahead, with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation used to try and kill the tumor. Even then, sometimes cancer cells manage to survive and return later, spreading throughout the body. Now researchers at UC San Diego and Oncternal Therapeutics are teaming up with a combination approach they hope … Continue reading CIRM-funded clinical trial takes a combination approach to treating deadly blood cancers

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

Using blood stem cells as delivery vehicles to weed out hidden cancer cells

Most stem cell research is focused on finding ways to make stem cells become particular cell types to treat different diseases. Scientists at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, however, have found an atypical use for blood stem cells: delivery vehicles. Zhen Gu’s group wanted to test a new way to treat acute myeloid leukemia … Continue reading Using blood stem cells as delivery vehicles to weed out hidden cancer cells