Stories indexed under: Stem cells

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  • Photo: James Thomson UW-Madison team developing ‘tissue chip’ to screen neurological toxins Sept. 23, 2014 A multidisciplinary team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research is creating a faster, more affordable way to screen for neural toxins, helping flag chemicals that may harm human development.
  • Neuron In directing stem cells, study shows context matters Sept. 8, 2014 In a new study, a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has added a new wrinkle to the cell differentiation equation, showing that the stiffness of the surfaces on which stem cells are grown can exert a profound influence on cell fate.
  • Photo: Igor Slukvin Wisconsin scientists find genetic recipe to turn stem cells to blood July 14, 2014 The ability to reliably and safely make in the laboratory all of the different types of cells in human blood is one key step closer to reality. Writing today (July 14, 2014) in the journal Nature Communications, a group led by University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin reports the discovery of two genetic programs responsible for taking blank-slate stem cells and turning them into both red and the array of white cells that make up human blood.
  • Annual Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium to focus on blood April 24, 2014 World stem cell leaders will converge on Promega's BioPharmaceutical Technology Center in Fitchburg on April 30 for the 9th Annual Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium: From Stem Cells to Blood.
  • Photo illustration: stem cells superimposed over man sitting in airport ‘Stem cell tourism’ takes advantage of patients, says law professor March 24, 2014 Desperate patients are easy prey for unscrupulous clinics offering untested and risky stem cell treatments, says law and bioethics Professor Alta Charo of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is studying "stem cell tourism."
  • Photo: Masatoshi Suzuki Researchers discover new way to make muscle cells from human stem cells March 21, 2014 As stem cells continue their gradual transition from the lab to the clinic, a research group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered a new way to make large concentrations of skeletal muscle cells and muscle progenitors from human stem cells.
  • Wendy Crone Stem cell advance yields mature heart muscle cells March 3, 2014 A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has induced human embryonic stem cells (hESC) to differentiate toward pure-population, mature heart muscle cells, or cardiomyocytes.
  • Randolph Ashton A shift in stem cell research Jan. 10, 2014 A team of engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has created a process to improve the creation of synthetic neural stem cells for use in central nervous system research.
  • Researchers discover early step in blood stem cell development Dec. 2, 2013 University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) researchers have discovered a very early regulatory event that controls the production of blood stem cells and the adult blood system.
  • Photo: Aerial view of University Research Park buildings Hyer assumes leadership as University Research Park continues to grow Nov. 7, 2013 With last Friday's retirement of longtime University Research Park Director Mark Bugher, associate director Greg Hyer is assuming the role of interim director of the successful, 260-acre park on the West Side of Madison.
  • Biomanufacturing center takes central role in developing stem-cell therapies Oct. 17, 2013 Developing a new drug takes enormous amounts of time, money and skill, but the bar is even higher for a promising stem-cell therapy. Many types of cells derived from these ultra-flexible parent cells are moving toward the market, but the very quality that makes stem cells so valuable also makes them a difficult source of therapeutics.
  • Exhibiting signs of life Sept. 26, 2013 What if you could travel back in time 3 billion years, and take a breath? What would earth’s air smell like? Deeply stinky, according to Brooke Norsted, an outreach specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Geology Museum.
  • Photo: Movie night at Camp Randall Campus was hopping, at a summertime pace, while you were gone Sept. 5, 2013 Rebecca Blank arriving, Kevin Reilly leaving. Budget cuts and tuition freezes. Even if you were vacationing and unplugged over the summer, it was hard to miss these headlines. But you can be excused for not being on top of everything that happened on campus while you were away.
  • Photo: Zhonggang Hou New gene repair technique promises advances in regenerative medicine Aug. 12, 2013 Using human pluripotent stem cells and DNA-cutting protein from meningitis bacteria, researchers from the Morgridge Institute for Research and Northwestern University have created an efficient way to target and repair defective genes.
  • Photo: Su-Chun Zhang in lab Waisman scientists model human disease in stem cells June 26, 2013 Many scientists use animals to model human diseases. Mice can be obese or display symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Rats get Alzheimer's and diabetes. But animal models are seldom perfect, and so scientists are looking at a relatively new type of stem cell, called the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS cell), that can be grown into specialized cells that become useful models for human disease.
  • Engineered stem cell advance points toward treatment for ALS May 28, 2013 MADISON, Wis. — Transplantation of human stem cells in an experiment conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison improved survival and muscle function in rats used to model ALS, a nerve disease that destroys nerve control of muscles, causing death by respiratory failure.
  • Down syndrome neurons grown from stem cells show signature problems May 27, 2013 In new research published this week, Anita Bhattacharyya, a neuroscientist at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reports on brain cells that were grown from skin cells of individuals with Down syndrome.
  • Two researchers named Shaw scientists May 24, 2013 The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has chosen two University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers for 2013 Shaw Scientist Awards.
  • Adult cells transformed into early-stage nerve cells, bypassing the pluripotent stem cell stage May 2, 2013 A University of Wisconsin-Madison research group has converted skin cells from people and monkeys into a cell that can form a wide variety of nervous-system cells - without passing through the do-it-all stage called the induced pluripotent stem cell, or iPSC.
  • Photo: middle school students looking at experiment results With heart cells, middle schoolers learn the hard lessons of science May 2, 2013 The drug trial is not off to an auspicious start. The cells are not cooperating.