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When it comes to stem cells, if you're left feeling like you don't know your adult from your embryonic, if you're confused by cloning or if you thought multipotency was an effect of Viagra, then our stem cell guide is for you. Ruth Williams gets down to the nitty-gritty [...] Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image of a stem cell from human ...
Section: Content | Category: Features | Date: Friday, 01 August 2008 | Hits: 28783
Stefan Janusz reports on new ways of investigating embryo development. Stem cell therapy holds the key to regenerative medicine: replace defunct or diseased cells in an organ by injecting new cells derived from a continually replenishing source. This kind of therapy often relies on the [...] March 2010 Stefan Janusz reports on new ways of investigating ...
Section: Content | Category: In brief | Date: Monday, 01 March 2010 | Hits: 11798
The human body contains more than one hundred thousand billion cells, which can be divided in two categories, if we look at it in a simplified way. One of them is somatic (derived from the greek "soma", meaning body) cells, which are the kind of cells forming the body of an organism, such as skin, blood, or muscle cells - apart from germ cells, the ...
Section: Content | Category: FAQ common | Date: Monday, 23 March 2015 | Hits: 13301
Researchers take another step towards using "reprogrammed" stem cells (iPS) to treat a metabolic liver disorder.Young, S., 2011.Scientific American; October 12th [online] ...
Section: Content | Category: General epigenetics | Date: Tuesday, 12 June 2012 | Hits: 3902
Response written by: Elphège Nora, PhD - postdoctoral researcher in Edith Heard's laboratory, Institut Curie Germ cells of human beings (and all other organism actually) are unfortunately unable to "copy" the skills and knowledge of their producer. Children/offspring, develop from the fusion of two gametes (germ cells), one from the mother and one ...
Section: Content | Category: FAQ common | Date: Friday, 09 November 2012 | Hits: 4029
Patients' own adult stem cells have been successfully used to treat a number of conditions, like Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. If you take adult stem cells from other people, they might not be genetically compatible with the patient. Transplanted adult stem cells can be rejected. Another way to avoid rejection of stem cell transplants ...
Section: Content | Category: FAQ common | Date: Friday, 16 September 2011 | Hits: 6930
When you cut yourself, your body's defences are rapidly initiated at the wound site. Your own natural stem cells are recruited to make new skin. Different kinds of stem cells are present in each of your body organs to repair damaged tissue. These are adult stem cells. Scientists are excited about harnessing the power within these special cells to create ...
Section: Content | Category: FAQ common | Date: Friday, 16 September 2011 | Hits: 20134
So what's the advantage of using stem cells from the embryo that have been reprogrammed in this way? The main advantage is that you can derive a greater variety of cell types. Embryonic stem cells, as they are called, have the potential to be any body cell. Adult stem cells on the other hand have partly committed to different cell fates. So, for example, ...
Section: Content | Category: FAQ common | Date: Friday, 16 September 2011 | Hits: 64848
Imagine that you are on a journey, visiting the nucleus of a cell of the human body. We can think of the nucleus as the "inner city". In terms of activity, the inner city resembles an ant colony on caffeine—it's incredibly busy How does the cell know what parts of the information to access in order to produce what it needs? November 2012 Written ...
Section: Content | Category: Features | Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Hits: 34463
EpiGeneSys is a European Network of Excellence coordinated by Geneviève Almouzni, director of the Research Center of the Institut Curie, with more then 160 laboratories dispersed across Europe. Besides its scientific programme, the project includes the mission to raise public awareness and disseminate information about and from this growing area of ...
Section: Content | Category: News | Date: Thursday, 09 April 2015 | Hits: 7291
... to be addressed with newly funded FET FLAGSHIPS by 2018. The supporters of this initiative propose to the European Commission to launch a large-scale initiative aiming to decipher the structure-function relationships of the cell nucleus as a complex biological system at all levels, from molecules to entire genomic and epigenomic landscapes, as they ...
Section: Content | Category: News | Date: Tuesday, 03 May 2016 | Hits: 2338
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Stefan Janusz explains how new research is shaping our understanding of stem cell biology.Pluripotent embryonic stem (ES) cells can give rise to any of the multitude of cell types in the body, making them an exciting prospect for generating [...] July 2010 Stefan Janusz explains how new research is shaping our understanding of stem cell biology. Pluripotent ...
Section: Content | Category: In brief | Date: Tuesday, 01 June 2010 | Hits: 12582
Two RISE 1 investigators have published a report mechanism that may lead to more efficient reprogramming of somatic cells The team of researchers around Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla (Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, Strasbourg) and Juanma Vaquerizas (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Münster) have managed to obtain ...
Section: Content | Category: News | Date: Wednesday, 19 August 2015 | Hits: 4462
Dr Lindsey Goff explores new ways to thwart cancer. Cancer is the 'enemy within', the criminal element that upsets the harmony of our body's cellular community. Our internal police force, our immune system, does all within its powers to hunt down and disarm these troublemaking [...] Cancer is the enemy within February 2008 Dr Lindsey Goff ...
Section: Content | Category: Features | Date: Friday, 01 February 2008 | Hits: 23280
Pursuing your dream career can be a rather depressing experience. As you progress through school, you increasingly narrow the number of subjects you study, shutting doors to other paths even as you follow your long-held ambitions. Oddly enough, this is something you have in common with the cells in your [...] Developing cells, like humans, shut ...
Section: Content | Category: Features | Date: Monday, 03 September 2007 | Hits: 22354