Stem cell stories that caught our eye: heart disease, blindness and replacement teeth

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. Review looks at approaches to blindness. The Scientist published a nice lay level overview of various teams’ work to use stem cells to cure blindness. … Continue reading Stem cell stories that caught our eye: heart disease, blindness and replacement teeth

Stem cell stories that caught our eye: blindness, targeting cancer and science literacy

Researchers have used stem cells to help retinal cells like these grow the blood vessels they need. 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. iPS stem cells from cord blood for retina … Continue reading Stem cell stories that caught our eye: blindness, targeting cancer and science literacy

Best of the blog: Progress in blindness research

Vision loss at the center of the field of vision caused by macular degeneration Macular degeneration is an irreversible form of blindness in which a person loses vision at the center of their field of view. It’s caused by progressive damage to the central retina, or macula. It’s the leading cause of blindness in Americans … Continue reading Best of the blog: Progress in blindness research

New funding for heart disease, blindness, Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy

It was a late night for CIRM staff and board members, but worth the long hours given the importance of the evening’s decisions. Tonight the board voted to approve funding for four additional teams of researchers working toward therapies in heart disease, a form of blindness called retinitis pigmentosa, Alzheimer’s disease and muscular dystrophy. During … Continue reading New funding for heart disease, blindness, Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy

Two voices, one message, watch out for predatory stem cell clinics Last week two new papers came out echoing each other about the dangers of bogus “therapies” being offered by predatory stem cell clinics and the risks they pose to patients. The first was from the Pew Charitable Trusts entitled: ‘Harms Linked to Unapproved Stem … Continue reading