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University of Melbourne: Stem Cell Breakthrough for Parkinson’s Disease

Posted: November 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Medicated, Science, Science News, University of Melbourne | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Australian scientists have developed a new technique using stem cells, in the hope to replace damaged cells in Parkinson’s disease. The technique could be developed for application in other degenerative conditions.

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have made a breakthrough in the use of stem cells to treat Parkinson’s disease.Stem cells can be used to allow the body to produce dopamine, which prevents Parkinson’s.Until now, treatment has been too risky because some of the stem cells can become carcinogenic. Scientists have now found a way to identify and separate the therapeutic cells from the dangerous ones.

“We have made some recent progress in that area by identifying novel molecules on the therapeutic cells that allow us to target them and essentially pull them out and purify them,”  said Dr Lachlan Thompson of the University of Melbourne. “I think that will really potentially be an important breakthrough on the road to clinical translation. Read the full article »»»»


Researchers Turn Back The Aging Clock on Adult Stem Cells

Posted: September 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler, Favorite New Thought, Michael Courtenay, Science, Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Researchers Turn Back The Aging Clock on Adult Stem Cells

Ageing, it’s one of those things we’ve simply grown accustomed too: we’re born, we live, we get old and we cease to live. Ageing is a complex process that involves every cell and organ in the body and that leads to the deterioration of many body functions over the lifespan of an individual.

With age, for example, the skin loses its elasticity and injuries heal more slowly than in childhood. The same holds true for bones, which turn brittle with age and take much longer to heal when fractured :: Read the full article »»»»