Stem cell stories that caught our eye: Two ways to build better scaffolds, sepsis and the business side of therapies

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. Customized homes for stem cells. Some of the most exciting team work in stem cell science today involves pulling in chemists and engineers to design … Continue reading Stem cell stories that caught our eye: Two ways to build better scaffolds, sepsis and the business side of therapies

Stem cell stories that caught our eye: regenerating limbs on scaffolds, self regeneration via a drug, mood stem cells, CRISPR

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. Regenerating a limb, or at least part of it. Many teams have generated organs or parts of organs in animals by starting with a dead … Continue reading Stem cell stories that caught our eye: regenerating limbs on scaffolds, self regeneration via a drug, mood stem cells, CRISPR

Tracking and mapping the health of damaged organs

Medical treatments for a variety of diseases have advanced dramatically in recent decades, but sometimes they come with a cost; namely damage to surrounding tissues and organs. That’s where stem cell research and regenerative medicine come in. Those fields seek to develop new ways of repairing the damage. But how do you see if those … Continue reading Tracking and mapping the health of damaged organs

From organs to muscle tissue: how stem cells are being used in 3D

When most people think of stem cells, they might conjure up an image of small dots under a microscope. It is hard to imagine these small specs being applied to three-dimensional structures. But like a pointillism painting, such as A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges-Pierre Seurat, stem cells can … Continue reading From organs to muscle tissue: how stem cells are being used in 3D

Using 3D printer to develop treatment for spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) affect approximately 300,000 Americans, with about 18,000 new cases occurring per year. One of these patients, Jake Javier, who we have written about many times over the past several years, received ten million stem cells as part of a CIRM-funded clinical trial and a video about his first year at Cal … Continue reading Using 3D printer to develop treatment for spinal cord injury

Promising Approach to Curing Spina Bifida Gets $5.6 Million from Stem Cell Agency

Every day in the U.S. four children are born with spina bifida. It is the most common cause of lifelong paralysis and also frequently leads to other serious health problems affecting the bowel and bladder. The impact on families is enormous. A new approach to repairing the defect that causes spina bifida was today awarded … Continue reading Promising Approach to Curing Spina Bifida Gets $5.6 Million from Stem Cell Agency

A 3-D model of heart tissue gives scientists a leg up in studying heart disease

Hank Gathers was a 23-year-old basketball player at Loyola Marymount University with numerous accolades to his name and a promising future in the sport. This all came to an end when he suddenly collapsed in the middle of one of his games and subsequently passed away.  It was the beginning of numerous such sudden death … Continue reading A 3-D model of heart tissue gives scientists a leg up in studying heart disease

3D printed neuronal networks are an important step forward in treating spinal cord injury

Approximately 300,000 people in the United States live with spinal cord injury (SCI), and 17,000 new cases are reported every year. With no cure, the primary treatment option for people with SCI is rehabilitation with a physical therapist combined with medications to control the pain. Given the relatively permanent nature of these injuries, a new … Continue reading 3D printed neuronal networks are an important step forward in treating spinal cord injury

Bioengineers Build 3D Model of Human Heart Ventricle

  After more than a decade, scientists at Harvard University finally made a breakthrough in their efforts to create a heart. According to a study published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, the researchers successfully bioengineered a three-dimensional model of a human left heart ventricle. This important development brings them one step closer to their goal, creating a … Continue reading Bioengineers Build 3D Model of Human Heart Ventricle