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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:
- Embryos kill of male tissue to become female.
- How an itch makes it to your brain.
- A new tool for Lyme disease diagnoses.
- Gene editing creates virus free piglets.
- Stem cells might be link between bacteria and cancer.
- Vitamin C could help kill “faulty” blood stem cells.
- Stem cells and hair loss.
The interview with Dr. Chandan Sen
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For the interview portion of the show, The Stem Cell Podcast and STEMCELL Technologies welcome Dr. Chandan Sen. Dr. Sen is Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Surgery at THE Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Sen’s program is focused on tissue injury and repair. His group works across small and large animal models, to human and patient-based research.
After the interview, we close the show with a signature SCP rant.
Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned in This Session Include:
Embryos Kill Off Male Tissue to Become Female – According to this article, a protein called COUP-TFII is necessary to eliminate male reproductive tissue from female mouse embryos.
How an Itch Makes Its Way to Your Brain – In this article, scientists have found the spot in your brain that makes you itch when others scratch.
A New Tool to Improve Lyme Disease Diagnoses – This article reports that a new testing method can distinguish between early Lyme disease and a similar tick-borne illness.
Gene Editing Creates Virus-Free Piglets – In this article, researchers used molecular scissors known as CRISPR/Cas9 to snip embedded viruses out of pig DNA.
Stem Cells May Be the Link Between Bacteria and Cancer – According to this article, an interdisciplinary research team at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin in collaboration with researchers in Stanford, California, has now discovered that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori sends stem cell renewal in the stomach into overdrive – and stem cell turnover has been suspected by many scientists to play a role in the development of cancer.
Stem Cells to Solve Hair Loss? – This article reveals that researchers from UCLA have found a way to successfully reactivate stem cells in dormant hair follicles to promote hair growth in mice.
Estrogen Receptor Stem Cells Found in Mammary Glands – In this article, researchers have now identified a novel lineage-restricted stem cell in the mammary gland which in the future, will be used to assess whether the clinical heterogeneity observed in breast cancers arises from their different cancer cell of origin.
Vitamin C Could Help Kill “Faulty’ Blood Cancer Stem Cells – According to this article, vitamin C may ‘tell’ faulty stem cells in the bone marrow to mature and die normally, instead of multiplying to cause blood cancers.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Chandan Sen