Countering Baldness to Treat Skin Cancer

In addition to countering baldness, hfSCs may be able to treat injuries and diseases in the skin.

Recent research at the University of Southern California suggests that stem cells can be utilized to counter baldness and receding hairlines.  The study focused on hair follicular stem cells (hfSCs), which, in addition to inducing hair growth, also have the potential to regenerate skin in burn victims and patients with skin cancer.  Continue reading

Epidermolysis Bullosa Treated Utilizing Patient’s Own Stem Cells

Scientists are utilizing the patient’s own stem cells to correct the defective EB gene.

Researchers at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy have recently developed a method for treating patients with the genetic skin disease Epidermolyisis Bullosa (EB). The process is an example of translational genomics, in which the researchers extract autologous (the patient’s own) stem cells, correct the defective gene that caused the EB, and then transplant the cells back into the patient. Continue reading