360 Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Newsletter- February 12, 2015

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360 Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Newsletter - Feb 12, 2015

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Dr. Dieter Egli provided a plenary keynote address at the World Stem Cell Summit in December. He addressed the latest developments in SCNT and mitochondrial disease. Deiter is Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics Columbia University and Senior Research Fellow, New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute. His studies relating to mitochondrial replacement therapy (found at minute 25 of the video) are currently a hot topic. Susan Solomon, CEO of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, wrote an editorial for Roll Call demanding that this research proceed. Read the editorial here.
World Stem Cell Summit
Scientific American: When will “3-parent babies” come to the U.S.? Action in the U.K. Parliament is raising questions about the future of a new reproductive technique in America
"The U.K. has taken a first step toward approval of a controversial technique that enables the birth of a child carrying genetic material from three parents. British legislators in the lower chamber of parliament green-lighted the procedure this week even as U.S. regulators have adopted a go-slow approach. The question now is how or if London’s action may influence U.S. plans about how to proceed with this complex reproductive method."
Stanford: Weissman receives Brupbacher Prize, McEwen Award
“Stem cell pioneer Irving Weissman was recognized with the Brupbacher Prize for isolating cancer stem cells, as well as with the McEwen Award for his research on adult stem cells from a variety of human tissues and cancers.”
Science AAAS: RIKEN announces penalties related to stem cell fiasco
In the ongoing fallout over the STAP stem cell saga, RIKEN handed down self-imposed penalties to some of its supervisors for their lax supervision in the publishing of Dr. Obokata’s work in Nature last year. Additional punishments may still be coming as various global institutions and scientists re-evaluate their ties to RIKEN and even the government of Japan itself is looking into asking for a return of their funding tied to stem cell research. Stay tuned...
Texan Institutes Pioneering Stem Cell Research
“I truly hope participants at the World Stem Cell Summit walked away realizing that Texas is a place where, if you can imagine it, you can do it,” said Dr. Doris A. Taylor of Texas Heart Institute. This rundown of regenerative medicine projects and research in Texas includes many that were highlighted at the 2014 World Stem Cell Summit held in San Antonio, Texas. The success of WSCS14 was due to the involvement and collaboration with many of the organizations highlighted here.
Mayo Clinic
Newly Identified Stem Cells Breathe Life into Lung Disease Therapy.
For those afflicted with chronic lung diseases, other than a transplant, treatment options have been few. A new study could begin to change that as researchers have been looking into a recently discovered series of stem cells showing promise initial results in lung regeneration. “Enhancing this ability of the lungs to regenerate after an injury can aid in the treatment of a wide range of pulmonary diseases. This study opens up new therapeutic possibilities, especially with the stem cell-based therapies for a variety of diseases.”
Could 'Superdonors' Make Replacement Organs That Work In Anyone?
The world may be coming to a crossroad where organ, blood and tissue rejection may become rarified, if not a thing of the past. Wisconsin-based Cellular Dynamics International announced they have successfully obtained and begun manufacturing cells from two “Superdonors.” These lines are believed to be initially compatible with up to 19% of the US population and their goal is to further study these lines as well as obtain cells from up to 184 such donors, which could potentially cover up to 95% of the US population.
(VIDEO) "Why is Google Growing Human Skin?"- An Inside Look at Google's Secretive Life Sciences Lab.
In an exclusive & eye opening video, The Atlantic got a tour of Google’s Life Science Lab. In their mission in pro-active medicine, Google is doing what Google does: out-of-the-box thinking like detecting cancer cells via nano particles and a wristband.
New Promise for MS Patients Using Stem Cell Therapy
A recently published JAMA article highlighted a preliminary Northwestern University study in which 145 patients were given a one-time nonmyeloablative hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Improvements were seen in both relapse-remitting patients with periodic attacks as well as those with the more severe secondary-progressing MS.
Featured Video: Saving Teeth with Stem Cells

Anibal Diogenes, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is leading a pediatric stem-cell clinical trial making it possible to heal infections in children’s teeth using their own stem cells, found in the soft tissues surrounding the roots of their teeth. 2014 World Stem Cell Summit Co-Organizer University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio’s School of Dentistry researchers are pioneers in the field, helping establish new national guidelines for dental practitioners and even credited for giving this emerging field its name: regenerative endodontics.

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Bernard Siegel
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