Genetics and Stem Cells

Sperm Created By Embryonic Stem Cells

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(Best Syndication News) Scientists in the United Kingdom say they have created new sperm cells from embryonic stem cells (ESC). The research could lead to more than a solution for male infertility, but could also help explain why children with leukemia later become infertile and explanations to other genetic abnormalities (see video below).

In the July 8th 2009 academic journal Stem Cells and Development, Professor Karim Nayernia and colleagues at the Newcastle University and the NorthEast England Stem Cell Institute (NESCI) report that they have created human sperm in the laboratory. This will lead to a better understanding of “infertility in men” and the effect of toxins on reproduction.

Gene Therapy And Stem Cells Can Cure Genetic Diseases - Fanconi anemia Cystic fibrosis, Sickle cell anemia Rett syndrome and mor

Gene Therapy And Stem Cells Can Cure Genetic Diseases - Fanconi anemia Cystic fibrosis, Sickle cell anemia Rett syndrome and more

Fanconi anemia - Source: RadsWiki

(Best Syndication News) Amazing research from the Salk Institute has demonstrated that human genetic diseases can be cured using a combination of gene therapy and stem cells. In the past this research has been conducted on mice, but now Salk colleagues and researchers around the world have cured diseased human cells.

Doctor Juan-Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, Ph.D., professor in the Expression Laboratory and director of the Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona (CMRB), Spain says they have used induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, not embryonic stem cells, to cure Fanconi anemia (FA) in human cells. The doctor used the word “cure” to describe their findings.

Psoriasis Risk Factor For Diabetes Hypertension And Death – Harvard Study Links High Blood Pressure and Type-2 With Skin Disease

Psoriasis Risk Factor For Diabetes Hypertension And Death – Harvard Study Links High Blood Pressure and Type-2 With Skin Disease

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(Best Syndication News) Psoriasis may affect more than the skin and may lead to high blood pressure and even diabetes. People with Psoriasis are at an increased risk for death, developing diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), according to Harvard Medical School Researchers.

Doctor Abrar A. Qureshi, M.D., M.P.H., of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston compared women with psoriasis and women without it using data from the Nurses' Health Study II, a group of female nurses who were between the ages of 27 and 44 in 1991. The study included 78,061 women.

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Dr. Oz and Michael J. Fox talk about Parkinson’s disease on Oprah

Dr. Oz and Michael J. Fox talk about Parkinson’s disease on Oprah

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[Best Syndication News] ‘The Oprah Winfrey’ show had an interesting show with Dr. Oz and Michael J. Fox discussing Parkinson’s disease. Fox has been living with Parkinson’s disease and has shown on the show today that even though he is suffering from this nervous system disease he doesn’t stop living his life. He has had Parkinson’s for the past 18 years.

Fox’s wife Tracy Pollen has been his rock he said to Dr. Oz. Fox meant that as a compliment. They seemed to really love each other and have been married for 20 years.

Dr. Oz asked Pollen how their relationship has changed since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She said that when they were first married he was working all the time, which has changed and he now has more time with her. The children said that he is shaky. Pollen said that their children are extremely empathetic. Fox said that sometimes it can be difficult if he has to do something with them at school. Fox seemed to value his time with his children.

Neanderthal Genome Mapping Research Presents At AAAS – German Scientists Close To Finding Genetic Links To Humans

Neanderthal Genome Mapping Research Presents At AAAS – German Scientists Close To Finding Genetic Links To Humans

Johannes Krause, Adrian Briggs, Richard E. Green,
Svante Pääbo (from left to right)

(Best Syndication News) Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Munich Germany say they have mapped nearly 63 percent of the 3.2 billion base pairs in the Neanderthal genome. An announcement that they have completed their “first draft” of the genome was made at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Using novel methods developed by Professor Svante Pääbo, Director of the Institute’s Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, the team sequenced more than one billion DNA fragments extracted from three Croatian Neanderthal fossils. They believe that this research will help clarify the evolutionary relationship between humans and the prehistoric Neanderthal.

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