April 23, 2015

1:55 PM | Self-Administered & Painless Blood Testing
Presented by Regen Center to learn more about the science behind regenerative medical technologies please visit The Regeneration Center of Thailand - Regenerative Medical Solutions using Enriched Multipotent Progenitor cells. Treatment Center in Bangkok Thailand. HLA Matched Allogenic Cells With PRP Nobody enjoys getting their blood drawn. It might be painless and quick for some but there are times that waiting in lines can take hours along with rare instances where the nurse drawing blood has […]

April 22, 2015

10:08 PM | What WAS a problem, is no more
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is a rare X-linked recessive disease characterised by small platelets that are removed by the spleen, leading to a low platelet count. It is caused by mutations in a gene on the short arm of the X chromosome, and is therefore mostly seen in boys. This gene codes for the production of the WASp protein, which […]
12:00 PM | What drives research in the field of biomaterials?
. By Hamideh Emrani It always feels amazing to find a solution to a problem or challenge. I think this huge sense of accomplishment is what drives many people in the research community. During my academic career, I have come across some remarkable scientists and researchers who thrive on problem solving. I find it intriguing...Read more

April 21, 2015

1:36 PM | Emory = oxytocin hot spot
In terms of research, of course! The post Emory = oxytocin hot spot appeared first on Lab Land.

April 17, 2015

12:00 PM | Right Turn: Imagination according to GE
. This week, General Electric (GE) announced that it is creating a six-part documentary series about science and technology that will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel beginning in November. According to the New York Times, the series will focus on the brain, aging, water supply, alternative energy, pandemics and the fusion of biology...Read more

April 16, 2015

12:00 PM | ISSCR takes a pre-emptive stand on ethical issues
. Last month, Nature published a comment by Edward Lanphier and colleagues, which foreshadows the publication of a study in which scientists have used new genome editing tools to modify the DNA of human embryos. Author David Cyranoski weighed in, suggesting that scientists were divided on where the ethical boundaries for such a technology existed....Read more

April 15, 2015

7:39 PM | Honokiol, Jack of all trades
The magnolia-derived compound honokiol was discovered by Emory dermatologist Jack Arbiser. UChicago researchers show it has positive effects in a heart disease model. The post Honokiol, Jack of all trades appeared first on Lab Land.

April 13, 2015

5:56 PM | Leslee Shaw explains coronary artery calcium scoring
On Thursday, cardiology researcher Leslee Shaw, PhD joined an exclusive club at Emory with her 2015 Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award.* Shaw is the co-director of Emory’s Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute and research director of Emory Women’s Heart Center. Her lecture focused on the utility of coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring in predicting cardiovascular […] The post Leslee Shaw explains coronary artery calcium scoring appeared first on Lab […]
12:00 PM | Regenerative Medicine Deal Review: March
. Welcome to your deal review for the month of March. Cellular Dynamics threw shareholders for a loop after making a seemingly hasty decision to sell the company off to Fujifilm in a $307* million deal. Merck and synthetic biology specialist Intrexon announced a mammoth CAR-T deal, valued at nearly a billion dollars. Kite Pharma...Read more

April 10, 2015

7:56 PM | Infecting Cancer
¡Hola! I know that it has been a little while since I last posted, but I have just spent my Easter break in the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at the Universidad de La Frontera in Temuco, Chile. The students were kind enough to let me observe their experimental work and quiz them on their thesis; I […]
7:51 PM | Brain surgery with a light touch
In epilepsy surgery, how much effect does ablation of the hippocampus and amygdala have on cognitive function -- if the surgeon avoids an open resection? The post Brain surgery with a light touch appeared first on Lab Land.
12:00 PM | Right Turn: He wants a clone
. Who doesn’t love a science lesson communicated through song? (That’s rhetorical; there’s no need to leave a comment below.) Mr. W., aka Glenn Wolkenfeld, has been educating and enthralling high school students and ended up with a teaching excellence prize. Here he is rapping his thank you speech at the Alameda County Teacher of...Read more

April 07, 2015

12:00 PM | Update from the Clinic: March
.. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of March. Investors weren’t so keen on Neuralstem’s topline results in amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS). NeoStem’s follow-up data from its PreSERVE study in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was somewhat lacklustre. Northwest Biotherapeutics continues to report positive data on its DCVax technology, breathing hope into...Read more

April 03, 2015

12:00 PM | Right Turn: StemCellTalks in Tweets
. Last month (March 13), StemCellTalks held a symposium on diabetes and stem cell tourism to educate Toronto high school students about the field. (These events happen across Canada.) The morning session began with Dr. Elia Piccinini (University of Toronto) giving an introduction to stem cell biology, followed by two debates: Drs. Derek van der...Read more

April 02, 2015

2:58 PM | DBS for drug-resistant epilepsy
This guy (Robert Gross, with green mask) does some amazing things. Some takeaway points to go with the new Emory Medicine feature. The post DBS for drug-resistant epilepsy appeared first on Lab Land.

April 01, 2015

7:06 PM | Low doses of imatinib can stimulate innate immunity
Ties in with "Emperor of All Maladies" finale -- imatinib, a prominent example of a targeted therapy, may have utility in fighting infection/modulating the immune system The post Low doses of imatinib can stimulate innate immunity appeared first on Lab Land.

March 31, 2015

12:00 PM | If it ain’t broke….Farewell and thanks to the Stem Cell Network
. In May 2012, the Stem Cell Network (SCN) and the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) launched Signals Blog, an evolution of SCN’s popular Stem Cell Network Blog and the brainchild of Lisa Willemse, Director of Communications at SCN. Beyond common interests, the partnership addressed a transitional need for SCN: Finding a suitable...Read more
10:44 AM | African-Americans Receive Heart Transplants at Hospitals With Poor Performance Track Records
About five million people in the US suffer from heart failure, and approximately half of them die within five years of being diagnosed. Only about 2,500 people a year receive a heart transplant – the treatment of last resort. A new heart can be life-saving, but it is also life-changing. Even under the best conditions, the surgery is complex, and recovery carries a heavy physical and emotional burden. And not all heart transplant recipients fare equally well after the surgery.... Read more

Kilic, A., Higgins, R., Whitson, B. & Kilic, A. (2015). Racial Disparities in Outcomes of Adult Heart Transplantation, Circulation, 131 (10) 882-889. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.011676


March 30, 2015

11:34 AM | STEM Education Promotes Critical Thinking and Creativity: A Response to Fareed Zakaria
Fareed Zakaria recently wrote an article in the Washington Post lamenting the loss of liberal arts education in the United States. However, instead of making a case for balanced education, which integrates various forms of creativity and critical thinking promoted by STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and by a liberal arts education, Zakaria misrepresents STEM education as primarily teaching technical skills and also throws in a few cliches about Asians. You […]

March 27, 2015

7:16 PM | Recording seizures from within the brain
Get out your tin foil hat: newer deep brain stimulation devices allow doctors to record seizures over many months The post Recording seizures from within the brain appeared first on Lab Land.
1:36 PM | Right Turn: End of an era, almost
> This is my final post as co-editor of Signals, and in sitting down to draft it, I found myself struggling to find words. How do you sum up six years of blogging? Quite simply, you don’t. However, as this also marks the end of the Stem Cell Network’s involvement with Signals, it was suggested...Read more

March 25, 2015

3:14 PM | The science of three-parent children
2015 has already been a significant year in the field of human medicine as February saw the UK become the first country in the world to legalise the generation of so-called 'three-parent' children. This marks a milestone for preventative genetics and embryology and offers hope to many people around the UK and beyond who would be unable to have healthy children otherwise. The votes to bring this into law were fairly comfortably won by those in favour - 382 vs 128 in the House of Commons (the […]
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12:00 PM | Update from the Clinic: February
. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of February. Northwest Biotherapeutics received approval from Health Canada to proceed with its ongoing Phase 3 clinical study in Glioblastoma multiforme at clinical sites in Quebec. Sangamo and bluebird bio both had news on the regulatory progress of their respective beta-thalassemia programs. Kite Pharma...Read more
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