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The ability of stem cells to self-renew and differentiate into various cell types makes them useful tools in regenerative medicine. Stem cell therapy refers to the usage of stem cells in order to treat disease. One such therapy, known as bone marrow transplant, involves replacing unhealthy bone marrow with healthy bone marrow, consisting of stem cells that are capable … Read More

3-D printing seems to have become one of our generation’s great achievements. This concept has become so ubiquitous in the science and engineering world that a large proportion of articles that you can read about in these fields pertain to 3-D printing (including this article). New research on the subject matter, pushing the limits of … Read More

Amniotic fluid is what surrounds a baby in the womb. It plays an important role in keeping the baby alive and healthy by performing a number of functions. These include cushioning the baby, maintaining a steady temperature, and helping the baby’s lungs, digestive system, muscles, and bones develop. It also protects the umbilical cord from being squeezed. … Read More

The concept may sound crazy at first. Killing brain cancer cells with skin cells. How could that possibly work? Well, pharmacy researchers at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have successfully been able to turn skin cells into, essentially, brain cancer cell predators–cells that search and destroy brain tumors. The concept of reprogramming skin cells is not … Read More

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, affecting over 135,000 individuals in the United States and killing an estimated 10,130 of those individuals annually. Melanoma is most commonly found in the form of skin growths, which originate from the pigment-producing melanocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis. These cancerous growths develop due to excess … Read More

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that hold the potential to differentiate into any type of cell. They offer a wide variety of uses in medicine from curing illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, to repairing old joints/ligaments. However, the problem with stem cells and the reason why they aren’t more popular in clinical practices is their method … Read More

The kidneys are bean-shaped organs located in the back of the abdominal cavity and are involved in numerous regulatory activities within the body, including the removal of waste products, regulating electrolyte levels, maintaining an acid-base balance, and managing a balance between water and salt to help regulate blood pressure. These organs filter blood and remove water-soluble waste products, … Read More

Every year, there are approximately 12,500 new cases of spinal cord injury in the United States. Vehicle crashes are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries. The most frequent neurological damage sustained by such injuries is incomplete tetraplegia, followed by incomplete paraplegia. Tetraplegia refers to paralysis of all four limbs (arms and legs), and paraplegia refers … Read More

Millions of people around the world suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disease most commonly associated with a loss of memory. It is estimated that Alzheimer’s Disease is the third leading cause of death for the elderly, behind cancer and heart disease. To this day, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Embed from Getty … Read More

You’ve likely heard about stem cells and the constant work researchers are doing with them, but what exactly is it about stem cells that makes them so exciting? There are several types of stem cells that you may be familiar with: embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells. They are briefly defined as stem cells obtained … Read More

In a human cell, there are two main places where DNA is located. The first location is in the more familiar nucleus, where DNA acts as a complete library of how to build a functional human with all the instructions to build various proteins needed to keep the body running. The second lesser known location … Read More

Radiation therapy is a treatment option for patients with brain cancer. Its purpose is to destroy the brain tumor or attempt to stop its growth. Radiation is usually used on tumors that are unable to be surgically removed.  However, radiation is unable to differentiate between tumor cells and healthy brain cells and causes damage to both. Radiation therapy … Read More

Hair loss is typically dealt with by using cosmetic products. It is an inconvenient occurrence that generally comes with aging and can be explained by the reduced division of cells located at the end of each strand of hair, known as hair follicles. Your immune system deals with infections by producing macrophages from white blood cells called monocytes. Macrophages basically … Read More

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