Bone Regeneration Made Possible With Stem Cells

Epibone creates precisely measured scaffolding for stem cells to recreate damaged bone.

The New York-based startup Epibone intends to begin human testing on a procedure that will utilize stem cells to regenerate living bone tissue.  The researchers, originally from Columbia University, will apply autologous [the patient’s own] stem cells to nanofiber scaffolding of the desired size and shape and direct the stem cells to differentiate into a physical and genetic replica of the patient’s own bone. Continue reading

Male Infertility Research Identifies Sperm-Producing Stem Cells.

A new method of identifying sperm-producing stem cells could lead to stem cell treatments for male sterility.

In a recent study conducted by the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, scientists have discovered a rare line of stem cells involved in regulating spermatogenesis [the production of sperm cells].  Furthermore, these stem cells are resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which are toxic to the male germline and common causes for male infertility. Continue reading

Mayo Clinic Joins US Army’s AFIRM Phase II Initiative.

The Mayo Clinic aims to develop nerve regeneration therapies for wounded veterans.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have joined the Army’s Afirm II [Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine] program. AFIRM spearheads a national consortium of advanced research centers developing regenerative medical therapies to care for and treat the injuries of severely wounded army veterans. Mayo Clinic researchers will focus on peripheral nerve regeneration. Continue reading

Lab-Grown Kidney Moves Medicine One Step Closer to Organ Regeneration

Thousands of people die each year waiting for an organ donor to save their lives.

Research coming forth each day is revealing that  the promise of regenerative medicine,  may one day aid in preventing needless loss of life due to lack of available donors.

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Stem Cells To Heart Cells: Researchers Advance Stem Cell Treatment for Heart Failure

Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), the Human BioMolecular Research Institute, and ChemRegen, Inc. have discovered a drug-like chemical molecule – called ITD-1 – that effectively aids stem cells in differentiating into new heart cells.

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