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Scientists regenerate immune organ in mice

Published (GMT): 
15 Apr 2014 - 11:27am UTC

Medical Research Council media release

Scientists have for the first time used regenerative medicine to fully restore a degenerated organ in a living animal, a discovery that could pave the way for future human therapies.

The team from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Regenerative Medicine, at the University of Edinburgh, rebuilt the thymus of very old mice by reactivating a natural mechanism that gets shut down with age.

A stem cell route to the roots of MND

It was a typical morning – trying to juggle experiments, trying not to make mistakes, trying hard to get results….sometimes life can be very ‘trying’ indeed… but then I’m not affected by motor neurone disease (MND) - and what a privilege it is for me to be able to rush around, to go to work and, hopefully one day, discover something that can make a difference.  I am reminded of this as I stumble out of the morning into a less ordinary afternoon - stepping away from the bench and into the world of my boss, Prof Siddharthan Chandran.  

Animation: Zellen als Krankheitsmodelle

Wie werden Stammzellen als Labormodell für Krankheiten genutzt? Dieser vierminütige Animationsfilm erklärt einfach und anschaulich, wie und wieso Zellen als Krankheitsmodelle genutzt werden.

Diese Animation wurde im Auftrag von Eurostemcell von Duncan Brown produziert. Der wissenschaftliche Inhalt, sowie die Stimme, wurde von Dr Dr Christian Unger zur Verfügung gestellt. 

Dieses Video ist inhaltlich mit dem "factsheet on reprogrammed cells in disease modelling" verbunden (auf Englisch, deutsche Fassung in Entwicklung).

Cerebral Palsy: how could stem cells help?

Last updated:
10 Mar 2014

Cerebral palsy affects approximately two in every thousand children in Europe, and is the most common physical disability in childhood. It causes a wide range of physical symptoms, which include difficulties walking and coordinating movements. No cure has yet been discovered. So could stem cells help?

Dystrophie musculaire : que peuvent apporter les cellules souches ?

Last updated:
11 Feb 2013

La dystrophie musculaire est une atrophie musculaire qui revêt un grand nombre de formes différentes. La forme la plus répandue de la maladie, la dystrophie musculaire, ou myopathie, de Duchenne, touche à la naissance environ un garçon sur 3500, dans le monde. Comment la recherche sur les cellules souches pourrait-elle conduire à de nouveaux traitements ?

Are quick and easy stem cells on the menu for researchers?

On 30th January, a research group from Japan unveiled a new and seemingly simple method for making stem cells in the lab. Since then, their unusual findings have been met with a mixture of excitement and skepticism. So what exactly did this group do, and what does it mean for stem cell research? Niamh Higgins, a Genetics and Cell Biology student at Dublin City University in Ireland, has been exploring this news for us. Read on to discover what she found.

 

Maladie de Huntington : Que peuvent apporter les cellules souches ?

Last updated:
10 Jun 2013

La maladie de Huntington (HD) est une maladie neurodégénérative héréditaire aux effets dévastateurs qui touche environ 1 personne sur 10 000 aux Etats Unis, en Europe et en Australie. Elle provoque habituellement des mouvements irrépressibles du visage et du corps et la démence. Les symptômes empirent au cours du temps, la personne atteinte devient totalement dépendante de l'aide des autres. A l’heure actuelle, il n’existe aucun traitement efficace. Comment la recherche sur les cellules souches pourrait-elle conduire à de nouveaux traitements ?

Stwardnienie rozsiane: jak mogą pomóc komórki macierzyste?

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12 Sep 2012

Ponad 400,000 osób w UE choruje na stwardnienie rozsiane (SM). Choroba może powodować zaburzenia widzenia, skrajne zmęczenie, ból, drętwienie, utratę zdolności poruszania się i problemy z mówieniem. Sm jest najczęstszą przyczyną niepełnosprawności wśród młodych dorosłych i obecnie nie ma na nie leku. W jaki sposób komórki macierzyste mogą pomóc w opracowaniu nowej terapii?

New EU stem cell research projects up and running

Several new stem cell research projects are off the starting blocks, thanks to major funding from the European Commission’s Framework 7 Programme. We’re excited that four of the new projects are collaborating with EuroStemCell. They all focus on different disease areas and types of stem cells, but they all have a common goal: to understand how stem cells work and how to control them so they can be used in treatments for patients. Read on to find out more about the new research.

 

Stem cell research may aid quest to repair damaged immunity

Published (GMT): 
31 Jan 2014 - 1:09pm UTC

A major research initiative could pave the way for new stem cell therapies for people with damaged immune systems.

The £5 million project may translate into new treatments that benefit older people and those who have received a bone marrow transplant.

It aims to develop stem cell therapies that can boost the immune system by repairing the thymus, an organ in the body located next to the heart that produces important immune cells.

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