Guest:

Dr. Charles Murry is the Woods Professor of Pathology, Bioengineering and Medicine/Cardiology at the University of Washington. He also serves as Director of the UW’s Heart Regeneration Program, with the goal of achieving stem cell-based heart regeneration in patients. Dr. Charles Murry has recently published a paper that used stem cell derived heart cells to treat heart damage in monkeys. It’s a really remarkable study and we hope you enjoy the conversation.

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Resources and Links

Leeches And Drug Resistance – Medicinal leeches contain bacteria in their guts that can be transferred to humans. In some cases, it only takes a small exposure to antibiotics for those bacteria to become drug resistant.

Soccer Headers Affect Women More – A head-to-head comparison finds that heading a soccer ball may damage white matter in women’s brains more than men’s.

A New Ebola Species Identified – A new species of Ebola virus was found in two bat species in Sierra Leone, the Angolan free-tailed bat and the little free-tailed bat and experts fear it could spread to humans.

CRISPR Conversation – The researcher behind the world’s largest effort to edit human embryos with CRISPR is vowing to continue his efforts to develop what he calls “IVF gene therapy”.

Generation of Human Spinal Cord Neural Stem Cells – Scientists report the derivation of spinal cord neural stem cells from human pluripotent stem cells.

Japan Launches First Clinical Trial Using Stem Cells for Parkinson’s  – A much-anticipated induced pluripotent stem cell trial for Parkinson’s Disease reportedly will soon launch led by Professor Jun Takahashi.

Stem Cell Formation in Plants – A Purdue University study has uncovered mechanisms that led to stem cell formation and maintenance in plants.

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Charles Murry