Stem Cells In The News

A new edition of Stem Cells In The News is out! Take a quick break, pick up recent stories, and be on your happy (and informed) way…

Stem cells act as ‘first aid kits’ in repairing damaged immune response
via Science Daily

For the first time ever, researchers have shown the process by which stem cells “communicate” with other cells to help modify damaged immune responses around them. The research team, led by the University of Cambridge (UK) highlighted that by understanding this process better, researchers can identify ways of maximizing the efficiency of stem-cell-based therapies. Read more about the fascinating research here.

World breakthrough: a new molecule allow s for an increase in stem cell transplants
via the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC)

Investigators from the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer at the Université de Montréal recently announced of the discovery of a new molecule which allows for the multiplication of stem cells in a unit of cord blood. The finding has the potential to increase the number of cord blood units available for a transplant. The researchers plan to launch a clinical study in December. Read the press release from the University of Montreal.

How Long Can Cord Blood Last?
via Parents Guide to Cord Blood Foundation

In the September 2014 Parents Guide to Cord Blood Foundation Newsletter, Dr. Hal E. Broxmeyer, PhD discusses his research to date on the topic, as well as future plans to test cord blood samples at 30 years. Read his full article here.

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