Singing the Praises of Stem Cell Research

Stem Cells in white crown sparrows used to study neurodegenerative diseases.

A research team from the University of Washington has discovered a stem cell signal in Gambel’s white-crown sparrows that may lead to new regenerative treatments for patient suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.  The team found that, in preparation for an upcoming mating season, the sparrow’s brain cells release a chemical signal that activates the division of neural stem cells, which facilitate peak singing performance to attract mates. Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Disease Studied with Human Stem Cells

The use of human stem cells could lead to a better understanding of causes and possible treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease

A research team from Aston University has developed a new method to investigate Alzheimer’s disease through the use of human stem cells.  Through the study of tau proteins, this novel use of stem cells can help scientists predict with greater accuracy the effectiveness of different treatments to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.   Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disorder currently affecting 5 million people in the U.S. and 35 million across the globe.  As the global population ages, the number of people affected is growing rapidly.  November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month with the goal of raising awareness of a disease that touches almost everyone.

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Progress in Differentiation Accelerates Stem Cell Treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Researchers at Gutenberg University Mainz have found a way to generate human neurons from pericytes, cells found in the central nervous system, through the use of stem cells. The researchers have observed the process of differentiation that stem cells undergo when they become a new type of cell, and have induced stem cells to go through this process. Therefore, these cells have been directed to become new neuronal cells.

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