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Stem Cell Research

  1. Sep 6, 2007 #1


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    I heard an interview with Darwin Prockop from Tulane's Center for Gene Therapy. It was very interesting, especially the discussion about cells which function to repair damaged cells. The interview may be available next week. Meanwhile -
    Fascinating stuff!

    Faculty - http://www.genetherapy.tulane.edu/faculty.shtml

    Prockop's CV - http://www.genetherapy.tulane.edu/pdf/DJP_CV_081505.pdf (61 pages, over 500 publications!)
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  3. Sep 14, 2007 #2


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    Stem Cells & Diabetes - Progress
    http://www.healthshow.org/archive/week_2007_09_02.shtml#2304 (MP3 download of show available on page.

    Real Audio - http://healthshow.org/audio/1014/1014b.smil

    Prockop talks about various types of stem cells. First discovered in the 1970's, they were recognized by different names: fibroblastoid colony forming units, marrow stromal cells (a hemotological name), mesenchymal stem cells, and now multi-potent stromal cells. Embryonic stem cells are easy to differentiate into different cell types, which makes them so attractive.

    Stromal cell form the basis of potential new therapies, e.g. -
    Multipotent stromal cells from human marrow home to and promote repair of pancreatic islets and renal glomeruli in diabetic NOD/scid mice
  4. Sep 24, 2007 #3
    Thanks for those links Astronuc they are quite interesting. I'll have to take a closer look at them when I get home tonight. The one about stem cells and diabetes sounds promising, it will be cool to see how far they get with that.
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