April – February 2014: Stem Cell & Cloning Research

    NEW! Amazing New Spinal Cord Implant Revives Legs of 4 Paralyzed Men Save a Baby’s Life, Save Two Lives with Umbilical Cord Blood Error Eventually Promotes Truth …  [Ed. While this is actually not a stem cell success, it is a regenerative success, nonetheless!] Amazing New Spinal Cord Implant Revives Legs of 4 Paralyzed Men Improvement is generally thought of in a positive light. Medical technology has improved to help people’s lives in all sorts of ways… Four men who were completely paralyzed below the waist are now able to move their legs, toes and lift up to 100 kilograms with their legs. These men are part of a group who have received electrical implants which have “reawakened” their spinal cords. New Scientist explains how the breakthrough technology works: The device – an array of electrodes – is implanted not at the point of injury, but in the still intact lumbosacral region of the spinal cord, which is the main information hub linking the brain to the lower limbs. Despite being crushed, Angeli says, the spinal cord and its associated nerve connections retain huge capacity to continue sending messages.   …     Angeli says the implant restores what in healthy people would be the resting potential of the spinal cord – the baseline electrical activity that keeps the cord alert, but which wanes through lack of use in people who are paralysed.     Once this background electrical impetus is restored artificially, the cord reawakens and can register the brain’s “intent” to move and convert this into fine movement at the motor neuron level. And by modulating the voltage...

September – August 2011: Stem Cell Research / Human Cloning

  FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…    Exercise Helps Adult Stem Cells Build Bone, Not Fat Commentary — Now in 2011:  Why Embryonic Stem Cells Should Not be Transplanted into a Human Being Adult Stem Cells Work Against Stress and Depression Antibody Cocktail May Lead to 'Safer' Embryo-Destroying Stem Cell Trials…? Stem Cell Breakthrough Gives Hope to Parkinson's Patients Scientists Find Another Adult Stem Cell Source: The Ear Study Shows that Collecting Bone Marrow Stem Cells by Apheresis is Safe for the Donor NIH Revitalization Act & Human Embryo Use The Demand for Death: Medical Research & Fetal Tissue Japanese Researchers Grow Mice Teeth from Adult Stem Cells New Lab-Grown Sperm from Embryo-Destroyed Stem Cells Is Not a Moral Solution to Male Infertility Perry Uses Own Adult Stem Cells for Back Surgery Treating Advanced Breast Cancer With Adult Stem Cells Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: The Ethical Embryonic Alternative Minnesota Now Paying Scientists to Engage in Human Cloning Federal Judge Disagrees but Tosses Suit Against Tax-Funded Embryo Research / Court Rules in Favor of Taxpayer Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research ‘Frankenstein’: UK Scientists Warn About Secret Human-Animal Hybrid Research… Exercise Helps Adult Stem Cells Build Bone, Not Fat Canadian scientists have published data that indicate exercise stimulates adult stem cells to form bone instead of fat. The scientists used a mouse model to study exercise effects on adult bone marrow stem cell and blood production. Using treadmill-conditioned mice, they found that aerobic exercise triggers adult stem cells to become bone more often than fat. The bone environment provides better conditions, called a “niche”,...

August 2008: Stem Cell Research

Her Own Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Help Toddler with Cerebral Palsy New Technique Produces Genetically Identical Stem Cells NEW! Stem Cell Researchers Make ALS (Lou Gehrig's) Advances Without Destroying Human Embryos / iPS Cells from ALS Patient an Advance, But It's Not the First Patient-Specific Stem Cell Pining for Clones, Whining for Eggs… CORD BLOOD STEM CELLS HELP TODDLER WITH CEREBRAL PALSY. Umbilical-cord blood has been used to treat 2-year-old Chloe Levine, who was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that prevented her from using the right side of her body. Two months after the AZ toddler was infused with stem cells from her own umbilical-cord blood, Levine has made a 50 percent recovery and is walking, running and able to use her right hand.  Dawn Vargo, bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said: “Chloe's recovery demonstrates that is it possible to treat children suffering from life-altering diseases without destroying young lives through destructive embryonic stem-cell research.”   More Info: http://www.citizenlink.org/content/A000004778.cfm [28July08, http://www.citizenlink.org/CLNews/A000007897.cfm]     NEW TECHNIQUE PRODUCES GENETICALLY IDENTICAL STEM CELLS. Adult cells of mice that were made from iPS (induced Pluripotent Stem) genetically reprogrammed cells can be triggered via drug to enter an embryonic-stem-cell-like state, without the need for further genetic alteration. The discovery is reported in Nature Biotechnology. "This technical advancement will allow thousands of identical reprogrammed cells to be used in experiments," says Marius Wernig, one of the paper's two lead authors and a postdoctoral researcher in Whitehead Member Rudolf Jaenisch's lab. "Using these cells could help define the milestones of how cells are reprogrammed and screen for drug-like molecules that...

July – June 2008: Stem Cell Research

NEW! Auto-Immune Adult Stem Cell Success Stories 2008 Update NEW! Bone-Healing Adult Stem Cell Success Stories 2008 Update NEW! Sickle Cell Disease Adult Stem Cell Success Stories 2008 Update Breakthrough: Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, but Study Shows Adult Stem Cells Can Heal Them Researchers to Test Use of Stem Cells to Treat Crohn's Disease Child's Own Stem Cells Restore His Sight Adult Stem Cell Research Shows Gains in Treating Lou Gehrig's Disease FDA Delays Company's Bid for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trials World's First Cloned Horse Gives Birth to Supposedly Healthy Foal NEW! Ethical Creation of Embryonic-Like Stem Cells Sees Another Breakthrough Britain May OK Scientists' Human Cloning Using Patients' Cells But Without Their Consent New Jersey Pulls Back on Embryonic Stem Cell Funding NEW! Thousands of "Tourists" Desperate for Unproven "Cures" From Stem Cells of Destroyed Human Embryos Capitol Hill Briefing by Patients and the Doctor who Treated Them on the Therapeutic Benefits Already Being Realized with Adult Stem Cell Treatments NEW! Adult Stem Cell Findings Offer New Hope For Parkinson's Cure NEW! The Aging Brain Helped By Injection Of Human Umbilical Cord Blood More Than One Kind Of Adult Stem Cell In Guts Blood Stem Cells Originate in the Placenta NEW! Scientists Say Animal Parts and Organs To Be Used in Humans… AUTO-IMMUNE ADULT STEM CELL SUCCESS STORIES 2008 UPDATE: JANUARY-JUNE by William L. Saunders, Jr., David Prentice, Simona Beskova, and Martin Kolesar[1] For the entire article, visit… http://www.frc.org/insight/adult-stem-cell-sucess-stories-2008-jan-june We are pleased to present FRC's June update on advances in human treatments and research with adult stem cells.  This is the third report.  The...

May 2008: Stem Cell & Cloning Research

Scientists Turn Ethical iPSC "Embryonic-Like" Stem Cells Into Heart & Blood Cells 'Dolly the Sheep' Cloner Eyeing Joint Study with iPS Cell Inventor World's First Cloned Dog Will Participate in First Breeding NEW! Genetically Altered Embryo Points to Human Cloning Concerns… SCIENTISTS TURN ETHICAL iPSCs INTO HEART & BLOOD CELLS. Stem cell researchers continue to make progress with induced pluripotent stem cells or iPS cells, which are embryonic-like stem cells that don't require the destruction of human life to obtain. After their discovery last year, pro-life groups hailed the cells as an ethical alternative to embryonic stem cell research. The UCLA researchers that have advanced the use of the iPS cells before were able progress further and grow functioning heart and blood cells. They said the success is the first time iPS cells have been differentiated into the three types of cardiovascular cells needed to repair heart and blood vessels. Dr. Robb MacLellan, the senior author of the study, published in the May 2008 edition of the medical journal Stem Cells, says the discovery could one day lead to clinical trials of new treatments for people who suffer heart attacks, have atherosclerosis or are in heart failure. He also said the ethical cells don't present the same problems as the use of embryonic stem cells — that have issues with growing tumors and immune systems rejecting them. “I believe iPS cells address many of the shortcomings of human embryonic stem cells and are the future of regenerative medicine,” he said. “I’m hoping that these scientific findings are the first step towards one day developing new therapies that I can...