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"Stem cells derived from dental pulp can cure deafness" (News Medical)

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WideCells CSO Professor Peter Hollands on why we should be storing dental pulp and not throwing it away: This article is something of a tough read, due to a poor translation. But extracting the core findings, it seems there has been some very interesting work done with stem cells from dental pulp – still a rarely used source of stem cells, but one with significant potential. They tend to be…
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by Professor Peter Hollands 06 August, 2018

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Congenital Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia and the future of treatment using stem cells

by Wideacademy - 06 August, 2018

  • Bone Marrow
  • Blood disorder

What is Congenital Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia? Congenital Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia (CAMT) is a rare, inherited bone marrow failure disorder. It is characterised by a low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia) and a complete lack of megakaryocytes. A megakaryocyte, which literally means ‘large nucleus cell”, is a type of bone marrow cell, responsible for the production of platelets. Platelets are necessary for healthy blood clotting and a lack of them can lead to thrombocytopenia and a host of resulting complications. Congenital Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia can lead to…

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How safe is CRISPR?

by Wideacademy - 05 August, 2018

  • CRISPRs
  • Gene Therapy

CRISPR/Cas9 is being used to edit DNA in plants, animals, and in humans. But new studies are casting doubts about whether the technology is safe to use for human therapies. Here's what we know about CRISPR safety – and reports of 'genome vandalism', writes Jianhua Luo , University of Pittsburgh:

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The five stem cell types explained

by Wideacademy - 31 July, 2018

  • Haemopoietic
  • Adult stem cells
  • Embryonic stem cells
  • Fetal stem cells
  • Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells)

Professor Peter Hollands, WideCells Chief Science Officer, provides an easy-to-understand guide to stem cell technology and the types of stem cells in current clinical use: The world of stem cell technology is complex and constantly evolving. The principles are easy to understand but can seem confusing due to the use of scientific and medical terminology, jargon and abbreviations. This article aims to peel away the jargon for people who want to understand stem cell technology but may not have a medical or scientific background. Stem Cell Basics There are five main types of stem cells which are…

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"British scientists create artificial embryo from stem cells" (Irish News)

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WideCells CSO Professor Peter Hollands examines the possibilities created by artificial embryos: Louise Brown, the first ever test tube baby, turned 40 a few days ago – so it feels like an appropriate moment for news of advances in embryology to arrive. The crux of this report is that researchers have been able to create and grow an artificial mouse embryo from scratch using stem cells, allowing…
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by Professor Peter Hollands 30 July, 2018

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Can CAR T work for brain tumours?

by Wideacademy - 27 July, 2018

  • CAR T
  • Immunotherapy
  • Gene Therapy
  • Cancer

CAR-T therapy works for some blood cancers, but can we make it work for brain tumours? It's possible, writes Peter Abel , University of Central Lancashire:

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IVF and Louise Brown at 40: a personal reflection on the early days of "test-tube babies"

by Wideacademy - 25 July, 2018

  • In vitro

Professor Peter Hollands, CSO of WideCells Group, was at Cambridge University when Bob Edwards and Patrick Steptoe founded the first in vitro fertilisation clinic. As Louise Brown turns 40, Professor Hollands reflects on his experiences working with the pioneers of IVF: In early 1978 I sat in an undergraduate lecture at Cambridge University on the subject of reproductive physiology. The lecture was delivered by a very entertaining reader in Reproductive Physiology by the name of Bob Edwards. I was enthralled with the lecture which he finished with almost a side comment about the potential of…

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