Category Archives: Cell therapy

CROWDACURE: Crowdfunding Platform For Rare Diseases

A new website is trying to do what kickstarter has done for hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world in terms of gaining support for idea stage ventures. Crowdacure is helping researchers raise funds for “hard to fund” medical research. The hard to fund medical areas include tropical diseases, rare diseases and even common yet ignored […]

CRISPR Hack Improves Gene Silencing Frequency to 95%

Unhappy with the 60-70% gene silencing success rate of CRISPR/Cas9, researchers have come up with an innovative hack to 21st century’s biggest find, improving gene silencing frequency to a whopping 95%. Researchers at Gladstone Institutes have shown success in turning off certain genes in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for the very first time using a hacked […]

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Núria Montserrat: “The Enviroment Is Fundamental for Success”

Labcritics presents an interview with Núria Montserrrat, Junior Group Leader at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia. The talented young woman shares with us her love for research, the college years, the hard -but enjoyable- PhD, the very demanding postdoc with cell-reprogramming phenomenon JC Izpisúa-Belmonte and the current days as independent researcher in the exciting […]

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Pancreatic Cells Originated from Human Skin Revert Diabetes in Mice

Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have created for the first time functional pancreatic cells from human skin cells. Diabetic mice transplanted with the insuline-producing cells could control their glucose levels. The innovative cell reprogramming protocol will allow to scale up cell production and use them in disease modelling, […]

Long-Lasting Hydrogel Derived from Sea Anemones

  A team of researchers from Pohang and Yeungnam Universities have created a mechanically durable hydrogel inspired in a sturdy protein found in anemones that allows their contraction and relaxation movements. The silk-like protein, derived from anemone’s tentacles, allowed to produce the aneroin hydrogel, which proved to be a good support and environment for cells. […]

Functional Liver Cells Cultured in the Lab

An international team of researchers led by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has developed a technique to grow functional hepatocytes in vitro. The cultured cells will allow to perform drug screenings and test them on liver cell lines with specific genetic diseases, as well as to create artificial-biological livers for patients waiting for a transplant. The study […]

Biogel Delivers Anti-Cancer Agents Directly to Tumors

Researchers from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) have developed an injectable biogel that can deliver anti-cancer agents directly into the tumors. The technique, tested in vitro, consists in encapsulating antitumoral cells or drugs, allowing their direct administration to the tumor area instead of distributing them to the entire body through the bloodstream. The study has […]

Embryonic Stem Cells and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Are Functionally Equivalent

Researchers from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) have found evidence that embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are functionally equivalent. The scientists compared genetically identical cells of both kinds and found their gene expression was almost equal. The results of the study have been published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. ESCs […]