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

Blood stem cell expansion expands treatment options for cancer patients

Bone marrow transplants have been used for decades to treat various types of cancers such as leukemia and multiple myeloma, as well as other blood disorders such as anemia. Our bone marrow is responsible for making hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which develop into mature blood cells, like white cells (which fight infection) and red cells … Continue reading Blood stem cell expansion expands treatment options for cancer patients

Therapies Targeting Cancer, Deadly Immune Disorder and Life-Threatening Blood Condition Get Almost $32 Million Boost from CIRM Board

An innovative therapy that uses a patient’s own immune system to attack cancer stem cells is one of three new clinical trials approved for funding by CIRM’s Governing Board. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine were awarded $11.9 million to test their Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T Cell Therapy in patients with B … Continue reading Therapies Targeting Cancer, Deadly Immune Disorder and Life-Threatening Blood Condition Get Almost $32 Million Boost from CIRM Board

UCLA launches CIRM-funded clinical trial using engineered blood stem cells to fight hard-to-treat cancers

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 fight hard-to-treat cancers

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

Stem Cell Stories that Caught our Eye: What’s the Best Way to Treat Deadly Cancer, Destroying Red Blood Cells’ Barricade, Profile of CIRM Scientist Denis Evseenko

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. Stem Cells vs. Drugs for Treating Deadly Cancer. When dealing with a potentially deadly form of cancer, choosing the right treatment is critical. But what … Continue reading Stem Cell Stories that Caught our Eye: What’s the Best Way to Treat Deadly Cancer, Destroying Red Blood Cells’ Barricade, Profile of CIRM Scientist Denis Evseenko

Stem cell stories that caught our eye: cord blood for leukemia, liver cancer and stem cells in sync with the sun

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. Image Credit: AveLardo  Skin stem cells and circadian rhythms. The stem cells in our skin seem to know how to tell time, or at least … Continue reading Stem cell stories that caught our eye: cord blood for leukemia, liver cancer and stem cells in sync with the sun