Researchers Identify Cells that Inhibit Cancer Metastasis

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In a new study published in the January 17 edition of Cancer Cell, researchers have identified cells, known as pericytes, that play an important role in the prevention of cancer metastasis. Pericytes are a component of tissue vasculature and are necessary for angiogenesis, or blood vessel growth. Current antiangiogenic cancer therapies inhibit tumor growth by depleting pericytes […]

Researchers Produce a New Viral Vector with the Potential to Treat Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis: Image courtesy of Jawahar Swaminathan and MSD staff at the European Bioinformatics Institute

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a very common genetic disorder that currently has no cure and few effective treatments. The disease is caused by a defective recessive gene, which was identified in 1989. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1 in 31 Americans carry the CF gene, which is more common in Caucasians of European descent, but can appear in […]

Researchers Propose New Model to Reduce Miscarriages after IVF Treatment

Implanting multiple embryos during IVF can increase miscarriage risk: Photo by resident a

Can doctors prevent miscarriage after IVF through a minor change in clinical procedure? In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process by which the egg and sperm of infertile couples are manually combined in a laboratory setting. If manual fertilization is successful, the embryos, typically about four or less, are placed inside the uterus for further […]

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Improve the Health and Lifespan of Aging Mice Using Young Stem Cells

Mouse embryonic stem cells: Image courtesy of the National Science Foundation

According to a study published on 3 January in Nature Communications, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have improved the health and longevity of aging mice by injecting them with stem cell-like progenitor cells derived from the muscle of young mice. Within the body, stem/progenitor cells  have the ability to repair tissue. In aging […]

Georgetown Researchers Reveal New Cell Technology with the Potential to Revolutionize Cancer Research and Therapy

Biopsy cells: Image by Pr Laura Barisoni

Researchers at Georgetown University have developed a new method to grow normal cells and tumor cells from cancer patients in a laboratory setting, which previously had been impossible. Normal cells do not grow well in a laboratory and most cancer cells will not grow at all, which has been a significant barrier for research. In […]