The hair-raising reason for goosebumps is revealed

Researchers have found that the same cell types that cause goosebumps are responsible for controlling hair growth.

Jessica Lau • harvard
July 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology stem-cells goosebumps hair-growth stem-cell-and-regenerative-biology

Study identifies potential drug treatments for telomere diseases

Potential drug treatments are being developed for telomere diseases, in which cells age prematurely.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: stem-cells basic-research health-medicine boston-childrens-hospital cell-stem-cell premature-aging telomerase telomere-diseases telomeres

New findings suggest how stress may trigger gray hair

Harvard scientists have found evidence to support long-standing anecdotes that stress turns hair gray.

Jessica Lau • harvard
Jan. 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  stem-cells  fas  nature  stress  ya-chieh-hsu  bing-zhang  gray-hair  hair  isaac-chiu  jessica-lau  scrb

Major study on Duchenne muscular dystrophy gains support

Harvard stem-cell research receives support from Sarepta Therapeutics for work on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Caroline Perry • harvard
Jan. 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  stem-cells  office-of-technology-development  amy-wagers  caroline-perry  duchenne-muscular-dystrophy  sarepta-therapeutics

Researchers unveil stem cell models of human spine development

Harvard researchers have unveiled the first stem cell models of human spine development, setting the stage for better understanding of musculoskeletal and metabolic disorders, including congenital scoliosis, muscular dystrophy, and Type 2 diabetes.

Stephanie Dutchen • harvard
Jan. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  stem-cells  type-2-diabetes  muscular-dystrophy  congenital-scoliosis  musculoskeletal-disorders  olivier-pourquie  segmentation-clock

New technique being developed to therapeutically repair and replace human organs

A new technique called SWIFT (sacrificial writing into functional tissue) ultimately may be used therapeutically to repair and replace human organs with lab-grown versions containing patients’ own cells.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Sept. 6, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  stem-cells  harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences  seas  harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering  3d-printing  adult-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells  artificially-grown-human-organs  organ-transplant  sacrificial-writing-into-functional-tissue  swift

New ATAC-seq method from Harvard accelerates single-cell research

Harvard researchers have devised a time-saving method that makes it possible to speed up the process of profiling gene regulation in tens of thousands of individual human cells in a single day, a development that promises to boost genomics research.

Mary Todd Bergman • harvard
June 27, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  stem-cells  biotechnology  basic-research  data-science  single-cell-sequencing  epigenomics  genomics  jason-buenrostro  translational-research

New method improves transplant safety in mice

The combination of the antibody CD117 and the drug saporin selectively targets blood stem cells, making transplantation safer by limiting collateral damage caused by the current standard of treatment, chemotherapy, and radiation.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Feb. 7, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  stem-cells  david-scadden  health-medicine  agnieszka-czechowicz  autoimmune-disease  cd117  derrick-rossi  immunology  rahul-palchaudhuri  saporin  transplantation

Epidemic of autoimmune diseases pushes researchers in new direction

Scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute are seeking ways to protect newly transplanted cells from autoimmune attack.

Jessica Lau • harvard
Jan. 31, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  stem-cells  type-1-diabetes  immune-system  health-medicine  immunology  autoimmunity-problems  harvard-department-of-stem-cell-and-regenerative-biology-douglas-melton  harvard-stem-cell-institute  transplanted-stem-cells

Harvard neuroscientist Paola Arlotta sees disease-fighting potential in brain organoids

Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Paola Arlotta is seeking to develop a new tool to understanding brain function and dysfunction: self-generating brain organoids.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 11, 2018 ~12 min

Tags:  stem-cells  brain  autism  health-medicine  alvin-powell  brain-science  giorgia-quadrato  jeff-lichtman  neurobiology  organoids  paola-arlotta

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