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Moo-ve Aside Mice: Exploring Cow Models in Research
Humans have more in common with cows than mice when it boils down to bone marrow stem cells.
Moo-ve Aside Mice: Exploring Cow Models in Research
Moo-ve Aside Mice: Exploring Cow Models in Research

Humans have more in common with cows than mice when it boils down to bone marrow stem cells.

Humans have more in common with cows than mice when it boils down to bone marrow stem cells.

mesenchymal stem cells

3D medical illustration showing acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells and red blood cells in circulation.
Niche Interactions Lock Down Leukemia Cells
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Sep 24, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers unravel the mystery of epithelial to mesenchymal transition in acute lymphoblastic leukemia with co-culture techniques, CRISPR-screening, and RNA sequencing.
Fluorescence microscopy photograph of human skin depicting stained fibroblasts, key cells involved in wound healing.
Mimicking Tissue Mechanics for Better Wound Healing Models
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Mar 24, 2023 | 3 min read
Using a 3D culture system that imitates fatty tissue, researchers developed a simpler process to study mesenchymal stem cell aging and tissue regeneration.
The MSC: Regeneration Orchestrator
The Scientist Staff | 7 min read
Scientists uncover the promise of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), also known as medicinal signaling cells, to modulate the immune system and regenerate tissue.
Stem Cells in Human Teeth Follow the Rules of Their Environment
Roni Dengler, PhD | Feb 7, 2022 | 2 min read
How stem cells in human teeth respond to different environmental conditions offers clues for regenerative medicine.
Are Mesenchymal Stem Cells a Promising Treatment for COVID-19?
Ruth Williams | Apr 9, 2020 | 5 min read
As the first clinical data become available on treating coronavirus patients with the cells, scientists are equivocal about the rationale for the intervention.
Call to Stop Using the Term “Mesenchymal Stem Cell”
Abby Olena, PhD | Sep 26, 2018 | 4 min read
Critics say the misleading term actually refers to a heterogeneous population of cells, including possible tissue-specific progenitor cells and nonstem cells all lumped together.
Texas Stem Cell Law Opens Door for Controversial Treatments
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 27, 2018 | 7 min read
The Scientist looks at one such Houston-based purveyor that has been treating patients abroad for years with mesenchymal stem cells.
Can Young Stem Cells Make Older People Stronger?
Shawna Williams | Dec 11, 2017 | 4 min read
Small trials using younger donors and elderly recipients hint that mesenchymal stem cell transfers might reduce frailty. 
Water Level in a Cell Can Determine Its Fate
Kerry Grens | Sep 27, 2017 | 2 min read
Adding or removing water changes how stem cells differentiate.
Stem Cells Seek Out Tumors Based on Stiffness
Shawna Williams | Jul 26, 2017 | 3 min read
The technique, demonstrated in mice using engineered mesenchymal stem cells, has potential for both diagnosis and treatment.
Synthetic Stem Cells Regenerate Heart Tissue in Mice
Diana Kwon | Jun 1, 2017 | 2 min read
These engineered “cells” were made from the secretions and membranes of human mesenchymal stem cells.
Infographic: How to Make an Artificial Stem Cell
Diana Kwon | May 31, 2017 | 1 min read
See researchers' recipe for synthetic mesenchymal stem cells, which showed cardiac regenerative potential in mice.
Stem Cell Biologist Dies
Kerry Grens | Nov 22, 2015 | 2 min read
Paolo Bianco crusaded against cell therapy fraud and hype.
Lab-Grown Kidneys Work In Vivo
Tracy Vence | Sep 22, 2015 | 1 min read
Researchers show organoids grown from human stem cells can excrete urine when implanted in rats and pigs.
Mitochondria Exchange
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 26, 2015 | 4 min read
A decade of research on intercellular mitochondrial transfer has answered some long-standing questions and raised new ones.
Stem Cells Phone Home
Jef Akst | Feb 26, 2015 | 3 min read
A screen of 9,000 small molecules identifies a treatment that improves the targeting of mesenchymal stem cells to sites of damaged tissue.
Stem Cell Trial Axed—Again
Kerry Grens | Oct 7, 2014 | 1 min read
Second review of a controversial stem cell trial in Italy has reached the same conclusion: it’s a no-go.
Making Better Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Laasya Samhita | Mar 26, 2014 | 3 min read
Scientists generate a new crop of stem cells that show therapeutic potential in mouse models of autoimmune diseases.
Stem Cells Remember Substrates
Kerry Grens | Mar 16, 2014 | 4 min read
The stiffness of a culture substrate affects the fates of stem cells.  
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