December 2007: Stem Cell Research

Talking Points on iPS Cells Adult Stem Cells Treat MS and Arthritis in Mice  NEW! Reprogrammed Skin Cells Strut Their Stuff (8Dec07) Researchers Turn Skin Cells Into Pluripotent Stem Cells (20Nov07) Scientists Discover How to Isolate Stem Cells in Womb Tissue Cord Blood Registry Sees Strong Growth in Charitable Banking Program  Menstrual Blood Could Be A Rich Source of Adult Stem Cells (JTM, 07)… Talking Points on iPS Cells — http://stemcellresearch.org/statement/pptalkingpointsweb.pdf     ADULT STEM CELLS TREAT MS AND ARTHRITIS IN MICE. As we celebrate the creation and potential of induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, adult stem cell research at Stanford University finds that blood stem cells taken from a donor with a healthy immune system effectively treated multiple sclerosis and arthritis in mice. From the story in the Telegraph: Thousands of patients with arthritis and multiple sclerosis are given new hope today by scientists who have developed a way to alter the immune system. Both conditions are caused when the immune system becomes faulty and attacks the body. Scientists have discovered that by injecting stem cells, the body's building blocks, taken from a healthy donor into the patient they can effectively transplant the donor's immune system and cure the condition. Until now, such a transplant would have been possible only by giving the patient aggressive treatments such as radiotherapy to wipe out the faulty immune system before carrying out a bone marrow transplant to provide new cells. But under the new system patients would be treated with a toxin to clear out the old immune system before being injected with healthy stem cells that would form a new immune...