Faculty get funding from stem cell agency
Three Stanford faculty members were awarded $6 million to support research into a blistering skin disease, transplanted stem cells and novel ways to grow blood stem cells.
Stem cells for fat have circadian clock
New discoveries about the circadian-clock machinery in the precursors to fat cells may explain why shift workers are prone to metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, a Stanford study finds.
RNA labeling reveals stem cell secrets
The Stanford research suggests that any conclusions about stem cell function based on studies of stem cells in lab dishes may now need to be reconsidered in light of the fact that the cells’ biology changes during isolation.
Researchers discover lung stem cell in mice
Stanford scientists have found a cell that creates the two different compartments in the mouse lung. They hope their discovery could lead to better therapies for people with lung disease.
Animals don’t fully mimic human immune response
“Humanized” mice are used to study human immune responses, but they are inadequate for stem cell studies, say Stanford researchers. Optimized models are needed for clinical decision-making.
Stem cells from sleepy mice perform worse
Although the research was done in mice, the findings have possible implications for bone marrow transplants, more properly called hematopoietic stem cell transplants, in humans.
Cells with potential to fix a broken heart
Researchers discovered, in mice, the direct progenitors to coronary artery smooth muscle cells, the important component that encases the artery and gives it strength.
Neurons can stimulate brain tumor growth
New research shows that high-grade gliomas, the deadliest human brain tumors, increase their growth by hijacking some of the machinery of neuroplasticity, which normally helps the brain form new synapses.
Early human embryos make viral proteins
Human embryos make viral proteins within days of fertilization, a new study shows. These proteins affect human gene expression and may protect the cells from infection by other viruses.
Roncarolo on advances in gene therapy
After leading successful clinical trials of gene therapy in Milan, Roncarolo hopes to build on that success at Stanford through collaboration with colleagues in the fields of genetics and stem cell science.
New way of sorting cells
The method is analogous to analyzing a smoothie to find what fruits went into making it, the researchers say.