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
Jan. 22, 2020 | harvard

~8 mins   

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

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
Jan. 9, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

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

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
Jan. 8, 2020 | harvard

~6 mins   

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

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
Sept. 6, 2019 | harvard

~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology 3d-printing adult-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells artificially-grown-human-organs harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences harvards-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering organ-transplant sacrificial-writing-into-functional-tissue seas stem-cells 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
June 27, 2019 | harvard

~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research biotechnology data-science epigenomics genomics jason-buenrostro single-cell-sequencing stem-cells 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
Feb. 7, 2019 | harvard

~6 mins   

Tags: health-medicine agnieszka-czechowicz autoimmune-disease cd117 david-scadden derrick-rossi immunology rahul-palchaudhuri saporin stem-cells 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
Jan. 31, 2019 | harvard

~7 mins   

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

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
Dec. 11, 2018 | harvard

~12 mins   

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

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