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Adult Stem Cell (magnified)

Stem Cells

The first stem cell was discovered and named in 1908 by Alexander Maksimov, a Russian scientist. In 1963 Earnest McCullough and James Till described the self-renewing nature of transplanted mesenchymal cells. In 1998, Dr. James Thomson and his colleagues from the University of Wisconsin were able to extract stem cells from human embryos. Enormous excitement surrounds these and related discoveries. Stem cells have the potential to function as is or to become another type of cell with a more specialized function such as muscle, blood or brain. They have the ability to renew, repair or replace worn out or damaged tissue, but accomplishing that for a particular purpose remains challenging. Stem cells have become an important part of therapy for diseases like Cancer. However, ALS/MND remains in its infancy.

MicroNeurotrophin Drug Development: Key Steps

February 16, 2016

Human Neuronal Cells VS. Animal Models for Drug Development and Neurotoxicity Testing

October 05, 2015

Questionable Stem Cell Treatments for Athletes

September 04, 2015

Dr. Paul Knoepfler on the subject of Stem Cell Transplantation

March 15, 2015

Focus Shifts to Brain’s Motor Neurons

March 13, 2015

How Astrocytes Help Neurons Survive

March 13, 2015