Current News

  • 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.

News from Stanford Medicine

  • $11.9 million for anti-leukemia trial

    The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awarded Stanford researcher Crystal Mackall a grant to study immune cells genetically modified to attack two proteins on leukemia and lymphoma cells.

  • How liver regenerates itself

    A subset of liver cells with high levels of telomerase renews the organ during normal cell turnover and after injury, according to Stanford researchers. The cells may also give rise to liver cancer.

  • Protein clumps affect neural stem cells

    Young, resting neural stem cells have large protein clumps often associated with neurodegeneration. As stem cells age, the aggregates inhibit their ability to make new neurons, Stanford researchers say.