Prof Shinya Yamanaka: Nobel Prize Win for iPS Stem Cell Pioneer?

Prof Shinya Yamanaka: Nobel Prize Win for iPS Stem Cell Pioneer? Will the Nobel Prize for medicine go to the Japanese researcher – Kyoto University Professor Shinya Yamanaka – who discovered how to make stem cells out of ordinary skin? We will know the answer on Monday when the Nobel committee announces its pick.

In 2007, Yamanaka discovered how to tinker with human skin cells so they can behave like embryonic stem cells.

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Leukemia Stem Cell Therapy in Seattle for Mandi Schwartz

A Yale Hockey player successfully underwent a stem-cell transplant on Wednesday to save her life from severe leukaemia. Twenty-two-year old Mandi Schwartz was infused with umbilical cord blood during the procedure at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Schwartz is likely to stay in the hospital for a month so that her doctor will monitor her white blood cell count.

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Stem Cell for Pet Dogs: Chicago and New Zealand Success Stories

Stem Cell for Pet Dogs: Chicago and New Zealand Success Stories. Dasty, a member of the Chicago Police Department Narcotics Unit was crippled by severe arthritis caused by Lyme disease.

He received physical therapy, antibiotics and steroids but these didn’t work as no significant change was seen in his health condition. Things improved when the police dog was treated with stem-cell therapy.

The Toronto Star describes the treatment procedure developed by Vet-Stem, a California company which has treated about 700 dogs: Continue reading “Stem Cell for Pet Dogs: Chicago and New Zealand Success Stories”