University of Washington stem cell research in limbo

September 5, 2010 | Categories: Research | Tagged: ,

The University of Washington could be hit hard by a recent court ruling that halted federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research. UW scientists stand to lose at least $16 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health over the next five to six years unless the court decision is reversed, according to […] Read More

This is Dr. Charles "Chuck" Murry

Major Improvements Made In Engineering Heart Repair Patches From Stem Cells

October 9, 2009 | Categories: Research | Tagged: , ,

University of Washington (UW) researchers, including Dr. Charles “Chuck” Murry, professor of pathology and bioengineering, have succeeded in engineering human tissue patches free of some problems that have stymied stem-cell repair for damaged hearts. The disk-shaped patches can be fabricated in sizes ranging from less than a millimeter to a half-inch in diameter. Until now, engineering tissue […] Read More

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Seattle researchers applaud lifting of stem-cell restrictions

March 10, 2009 | Categories: Research | Tagged: , ,

Researchers in Seattle who work with embryonic stem cells reacted with scientific relief and personal jubilation to President Obama’s decision Monday to reverse Bush-era restrictions that have hobbled their field for much of this decade. At the University of Washington, which has one of the nation’s largest concentration of researchers studying cells from human embryos, […] Read More

Test may predict cancer response to anemia drugs

June 1, 2008 | Categories: Research | Tagged: , ,

A genetic test may help predict whether giving cancer patients anemia drugs could make their cancer worse, U.S. researchers said on Sunday. Over the past year and a half, eight late-stage clinical trials have shown that treatment with drugs known as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, or ESAs, can have an adverse impact on cancer survival, the study’s […] Read More

Stem-cell breakthrough may help UW researchers

November 21, 2007 | Categories: Research | Tagged: , ,

A new method for creating embryonic stem cells would put a host of research projects on a fast track at the University of Washington, where scientists have been limited by aging embryonic stem-cell lines that have been fading as if they’d been “through generations of photocopying.” At the UW’s Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative […] Read More

US: Keeping stem cell research alive

October 21, 2007 | Categories: Research | Tagged: ,

In an era of reduced federal funding in America for medical research, scientists at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle were thrilled to receive a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – the nation’s premier medical research agency. The grant will fund stem cell research over the next five years. […] Read More

Researchers were able to use human-derived stem cells to grow a heart muscle graft (bottom) in a rat heart damaged by a heart attack. The human-derived cells incorporated with scar tissue (middle) and regular heart muscle cells (top).

Human derived stem cells can repair rat hearts damaged by heart attack

August 27, 2007 | Categories: Research | Tagged: , , ,

When human heart muscle cells derived from embryonic stem cells are implanted into a rat after a heart attack, they can help rebuild the animal’s heart muscle and improve function of the organ, scientists report in the September issue of Nature Biotechnology. The researchers also developed a new process that greatly improves how stem cells […] Read More

Stem-Cell Procedure Could Rebuild Heart Tissue

August 26, 2007 | Categories: Research | Tagged:

Heart muscle doesn’t regenerate when it’s damaged, one reason heart attacks are so debilitating. A dream of researchers is to build new heart muscle using transplanted cardiac stem cells. Scientists at the University of Washington have taken a potentially important step in that direction, using embryonic stem cells as their starting material. Scientists haven’t made […] Read More

Stem cells proved effective in regrowing heart muscle in rats

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Human embryonic stem cells have been used to regrow the heart muscles of rats that had survived lab-induced heart attacks, scientists from the University of Washington and a private biotechnology company reported today. Because the rebuilt heart muscle halted the progression of heart failure, the findings offer encouragement that treatments based on embryonic stem cells […] Read More

How Does A Zebrafish Grow A New Tail? The Answer May Help Treat Human Injuries

December 28, 2006 | Categories: Research | Tagged: , ,

If a zebrafish loses a chunk of its tail fin, it’ll grow back within a week. Like lizards, newts, and frogs, a zebrafish can replace surprisingly complex body parts. A tail fin, for example, has many different types of cells and is a very intricate structure. It is the fish version of an arm or leg. […] Read More