Stem Cells

Cord blood as source for stem cell transplant

CordBloodAsSourceForStemCellTransplantMayOutperformAcceptedGoldStandardOfMatchedSiblingDonors
In addition to showing a decrease in the chance of graft-versus-host disease, which develops when a transplanted blood system attacks a patient’s tissues, the study shows a slightly lower rate of relapse in these patients undergoing transplant with cord blood

Putting ‘super’ in natural killer cells

PuttingSuperInNaturalKillerCells
Deleting an inhibitory gene in natural killer cells derived from induced pluripotent stem cells is found to boost their anti-tumor activity and persistence; researchers now seek to develop a clinical therapy

Nanofiber membranes transformed into 3-D scaffolds

NanofiberMembranesTransformedInto3DScaffolds
Researchers combine gas foaming, which is a blend of chemicals that induces gas bubbling, and 3-D molding technologies to quickly transform electrospun membranes into complex 3-D shapes for biomedical applications