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Posts by Antara Rao

Science, Trust, and Pixie Dust: Stem ...

In a culture obsessed with aging (or more accurately, not aging), stem cells are a sensation. From anti-wrinkle creams to hormonal supplements to extensive surgical procedures,(1) it feels like we’ve already explored everything short of time travel to cling to vitality. But now, we’ve come even further. Scientists can culture cells capable of regenerating nearly […]

“i before E?”: The Battle...

  Cartoon: “National Spotlight,” Antara Rao.   A pluripotent stem cell is a cell that can 1) self-renew and 2) differentiate into any cell in the body. For decades, the only pluripotent cell scientists could study were embryonic stem cells (ESCs), derived—as the name suggests—from rejected embryos thrown out by in vitro fertilization clinics. Despite […]

50 Shades of Potency: The Elusive Def...

A century ago, we didn’t even know they existed. Now we know their function is essential to nearly every regenerative process in our body, and for creating life itself. But despite decades of research on these ubiquitous cells, it is still worth exploring the question:   What is a stem cell?   In fact, most […]

Beyond the Band-Aid: Nerve Regenerati...

Nerves are incredibly difficult to regrow and, perversely, easy to injure. Just one slip of a cooking knife can sever a digital nerve, leaving a finger or few paralyzed; a motorcycle accident can cut off lack of sensation in one leg. And in most cases, as the injured neuron struggles to grow back, recovery is […]

CSI: Cancer Stem cells and Inflammati...

Liver cancer is an effective killer. In fact, it’s more effective than human killers: the number of people who die of liver cancer every year is twice the number of reported murders in the United States.(1)(2) Why is this disease so deadly? Ironically, for some types of liver cancer, scientists believe the key to its lethal […]

Bioprinting iPSCs for Disease Modelin...

Bioprinting iPSCs for Disease Modeling

Can you imagine a future in which doctors can study poisons using a custom-made liver or scientists can test drugs on home-grown brains? While such visions may appear fanciful, a study published a few months ago by Advanced Healthcare Materials may have brought us one step closer. Led by Dr. Jeremy Crook, of the University […]