Welcome everyone to Episode 89 of The Stem Cell Podcast. As always go to stemcellpodcast.com for all of our episodes and to sign up or re-subscribe (if you are a current subscriber) for the newsletter. We start the show with an exciting announcement that will help keep The Stem Cell Podcast stay around and be available to all our listeners for a long time.
The Science Round Up
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This week, in the world-famous Science Round Up, we discuss the latest science/stem cell news including:
- New steel modeled after bones.
- Fluorescent frogs.
- Brain differences between boys and girls with ADHD.
- Man receives someone else’s reprogrammed stem cells.
- Stem cells for rotator cuff injury.
- New stem cell screwing platform for neural disease.
- Stem cells to help erectile dysfunction.
The interview with Dr. Fabio Rossi
In the interview portion of this episode, STEMCELL Technologies announces a new product called CloneR™. Here are the highlights:
- Editing the pluripotent stem cell genome relies heavily on the survival of single cells to establish clonal cell lines.
- CloneR™ is a medium supplement designed for greatly enhancing the cloning efficiency and single-cell survival of pluripotent stem cells.
- Unlike current methods, CloneR™ will enable the robust generation of clonal cell lines without single-cell adaptation, thus minimizing the risk of acquiring genetic abnormalities.
- CloneR™ is coming soon!
Stem Cell Podcast listeners can sign up to receive notification when this product becomes available. Go to www.stemcell.com/cloner to sign up.
For this episode’s interview, we bring on Dr. Fabio Rossi, Professor at the Department of Medical Genetics and Director of Biomedical Research Centre at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Rossi’s research looks at a variety of topics and in this episode, we discuss the role of mesenchymal stem cells in regeneration and fibrosis in vivo. After this we close the show with a signature SCP rant.
Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned in This Session Include:
New Steel Modeled After Bones – This article reports that a new type of steel mimics bone to make the metal more resistant to failure.
The First Fluorescent Frogs – According to this article, scientists say South American polka dot tree frog gives off an “intense greenish-blue glow” under UV light.
Brain Differences Seen Between Girls and Boys with ADHD – This article reveals that girls and boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder don’t just behave differently but parts of their brains look different, too like the cerebellum.
Getting Dengue First May Make Zika Infection Much Worse – According to this article, experiments in cells and mice suggest that a previous exposure to dengue or West Nile can make a Zika virus infection worse by facilitating entry of the Zika virus into susceptible cells, and exacerbating the disease outcome.
For Kids Daily Juice Most Likely Won’t Pack on Pounds – This article shows that an analysis of existing studies linked daily juice drinking to very small amounts of extra weight in young children.
Man Receives Someone Else’s Reprogrammed Stem Cells – In this article, doctors took skin cells from a donor bank and reprogrammed them into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, grew them into a type of retinal cell, and then injected them into the retina of the macular degeneration patient’s right eye.
Stem Cell Fabric Innovation Regrows Rotator Cuff Tendons – This article reports that a team of researchers from UConn Health has found a way to regenerate rotator cuff tendons after they’re torn, using a nano-textured fabric seeded with stem cells.
New Stem Cell Screening Platform Opens Door to Novel Ways to Treat Neuro Diseases – In this article, scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have successfully grown stem cells from children with a devastating neurological disease to help explain how different genetic backgrounds can cause similar symptoms.
Stem Cells Help Some Men with Erectile Dysfunction After Prostate Surgery – According to this article, scientists report that men who are unable to have an erection after prostate surgery enjoyed normal intercourse thanks to stem cell therapy.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Fabio Rossi