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Scientists find ‘better way’ to grow adult stem cells

via BBC | Tue July 19, 2011
A new plastic surface which overcomes the difficulties associated with growing adult stem cells has been developed, according to scientists.

A new discovery could reverse the effects of a stroke

via ABC | Fri July 01, 2011
Every year, 750 thousand Americans suffer a stroke. A stroke can take away your ability to speak or even move, functions that may never come back. But now, scientists may have found a new way to stop and even reverse that damage.

Human eye protein senses Earth’s magnetism

via BBC | Sun June 26, 2011
A light-sensitive protein in the human eye has been shown to act as a 'compass' in a magnetic field, when it is present in flies' eyes.

New generation medicines make the heart regenerate itself

GNN staff | Mon June 13, 2011
A new scientific breakthrough has led to the regeneration of heart cells in mice. The heart cell damaged by heart attacks, previously considered to be permanent damage, were able to regenerate themselves into new heart tissue.

Key enzyme might have been discovered in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases

GNN staff | Tue June 07, 2011
The previously incurable Huntington’s disease, which gradually impairs a person’s ability to function due to a degeneration of nerve cells, might be in the reach of a treatment, a UK study found.

Teen Discovered Possible Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

via CTV | Tue May 31, 2011
A promising discovery has been made that could one day help in the fight against cystic fibrosis -- and the researcher behind it is just 16 years old.

Skin cells ‘turned into neurons’ by US scientists

via BBC | Thu May 26, 2011
A Californian team say they have managed to convert human skin cells directly into functioning brain cells.

Possible drug candidate to cure brain, other cancers found

Story contains video via Globe and Mail | Mon May 16, 2011
Medical Researchers at the University of Alberta reported today evidence that the orphan generic drug Dichloroacetate (DCA) may hold promise as potential therapy for perhaps the deadliest of all human cancers: a form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.

Human lung stem cell discovered

via SpaceDaily | Sun May 15, 2011
For the first time, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have identified a human lung stem cell that is self-renewing and capable of forming and integrating multiple biological structures of the lung including bronchioles, alveoli and pulmonary vessels.

The skinny on how shed skin reduces indoor air pollution

Tue May 10, 2011
Flakes of skin that people shed at the rate of 500 million cells every day are not just a nuisance — the source of dandruff, for instance, and a major contributor to house dust. They actually can be beneficial.

Worm discovery could help 1 billion people worldwide

Story contains video Sat May 07, 2011
Scientists have discovered why some people may be protected from harmful parasitic worms naturally while others cannot in what could lead to new therapies for up to one billion people worldwide.

Drug offers hope for treating muscular dystrophy

via BBC | Wed May 04, 2011
A drug that can boost muscle strength in mice shows promise as a possible treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, research suggests.

Scientists make eye’s retina from stem cells

via BBC | Tue April 12, 2011
A part of the eye that is essential for vision has been created in the laboratory from animal stem cells, offering hope to the blind and partially sighted.

Five more Alzheimer’s genes discovered, scientists say

via BBC | Mon April 04, 2011
Five more genes which increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease have been identified, scientists say.

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