Archive | August, 2009

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Stem Cell Technology Eases Cancer Treatments


Indianapolis researchers are developing technology which could alleviate negative side effects during stem cell transplants for cancer patients. General BioTechnology’s device pumps bone marrow stem cells through a specially designed tube. The fiber filled tube gradually filters the Dimethyl Sulfoxide preservative from the bone marrow transplant while still maintaining the cell’s efficacy. DMSO is a [...]

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Stem Cell ‘Daughters’ Lead To Breast Cancer


Researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have discovered that a population of breast cells called luminal progenitor cells are likely to be responsible for breast cancers that develop in women carrying mutations in the gene BRCA1. Their finding represents a major shift in the way scientists think breast cancer develops. A team led [...]

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USC Gets $2.9 Million in Stem Cell Funding


Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California have been awarded $2.9 million in grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to support research into stem cell discoveries that will provide the basic foundation for future therapies. The Basic Biology Awards received formal approval on Aug. 20 from the [...]

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Stem Cell Therapy Effective In Targeting Metastatic Cancer


Metastatic cancer refers to a cancer that has spread from the original tumor site to a distant part or parts of the body. Metastatic cancer spreads the original cancer cells found in the primary tumor, and creates new tumors elsewhere in the body. Cancer can become metastatic via the bloodstream and lymph nodes. Scientists at [...]

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Stem Cell Research In Sweden


Sweden is well known in the medical community to be at the forefront of stem cell science and technology, and could offer some important insight for the industry on a global level. The country’s stem cell industry has everything in place for future expansion and success: strong public support, a favorable bio-ethical climate, a tradition [...]

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Cord Blood America’s Preferred Pricing for Blue Cross


Cord Blood America, Inc, the umbilical cord blood stem cell preservation company focused on bringing the life saving potential of stem cells to families nationwide and internationally, announced today the participation of its subsidiary CorCell Companies, Inc., in the MyHealth Mart Value-Added Discount Program for members of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania to access cord [...]

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Your Heritage and Cord Blood


A successful transplant requires that the patient and the donor have matching HLA types. HLA types are inherited, half from your mother and half from your father. The probability that two siblings will have a perfect 6/6 match desired for a bone marrow transplant is 25%, whereas the probability that they will have the 4/6 [...]

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Informed Consent for Cord Blood Donors


It is crucial that parents who elect to donate their child’s cord blood go through an informed consent process. Federal law requires that parents sign a consent form before cord blood is collected. The consent form should reveal the possible final uses of the cord blood. There are also medical requirements for donation. In order [...]

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LV Cord Blood Bank Opens New Possibilities


Cord Blood America Inc. plans to open a multimillion-dollar facility in Las Vegas to store umbilical cord blood—which is rich in non-controversial adult stem cells. Jennifer Lahl, founder and national director at The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network said umbilical cord blood can be stored for years and used to treat diseases and conditions. [...]

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StemCyte Conducting Stem Cell Clinical Trials For Spinal Cord Injuries


After conducting clinical trials for spinal cord injuries in the US and China, US-based stemcell transplantation and therapeutics company, StemCyte Inc is planning to conduct the same in India next year. The company has set up an umbilical cord blood public bank for India in a joint venture with Chennai-based Apollo Hospitals and Ahmedabad-based Cadila [...]

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