Welcome everyone to Episode 70 on new MS therapies. As always go to stemcellpodcast.com for all of our episodes and to sign up for the newsletter.
The Science Round Up
We begin with the world famous Science Round Up, sponsored by Biotechne and discuss the latest science/stem cell news including:
- Greasy heads help swordfish swim.
- Big hole in ozone layer is closing.
- Mass killings area contagious.
- Young stem cell scientists struggle for funding.
- Zika virus affects neural stem cell development.
- Stem Cell Therapy to replace root canals.
The interview with Dr. Mark Freedman
For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, we bring on neurologist and researcher Dr. Mark Freedman to discuss his research and new discovery and treatment for Multiple Sclerosis using stem cells. After that we close the show with our signature rant on “fireworks.” Enjoy!
Below are all of the papers mentioned on the show. We are working on a way to categorize all of the research papers we mention and possibly even provide audio summaries. Enter in your name and e-mail address below, and we will notify you of when this feature is available.
Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned in This Session Include:
Greased Up Head Helps Swordfish Swim Fast – This article reveals that a newly discovered oil-producing organ in the fish’s head gives it slick skin that could boost its speed.
Activating Reward May Increase Immune System – According to this article, feeling good may help the body fight germs; when activated, nerve cells that help signal reward also boost the mice’s immune systems.
Major Hole in The Ozone Layer Is Closing – This article reports that the average size of the Antarctic ozone hole in September has shrunk by about 4.5 million square kilometers, an area larger than India, since 2000.
Mass Killings Are Contagious- Media is the Vector – According to this article, mass killings and school shootings spread “contagiously,” where one killing or shooting increases the chances that others will occur within about two weeks.
Young Stem Cell Scientists Struggle for Funding – In this article, a study led by government scientists showed that middle-aged and older stem cell researchers are crowding out younger scientists in competition for federal grants.
Zika Virus Disrupts Neural Progenitor Development And Leads To Microcephaly In Mice – In this article, researchers found that Asian Zika Virus (ZIKV) strain SZ01 replicates efficiently in embryonic mouse brain by directly targeting different neuronal linages and that ZIKV infection leads to cell-cycle arrest, apoptosis, and inhibition of NPC differentiation, resulting in cortical thinning and microcephaly.
A Stem Cell Therapy to Replace Root Canals? – In this article, scientists from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute are developing a new treatment strategy that could someday help heal a damaged tooth using the patient’s own stem cells.
A New Model of Autism Using Stem Cells – According to this article, researchers at the Salk Institute turned skin cells of people with autism spectrum disorder into neurons, showing specific defects compared with those neurons derived from healthy people.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Mark Freedman