Members of a health-related data-sharing website evaluated the use of a drug for treatment of a debilitating degenerative disease, the first time a social network was used to monitor patient treatment in real time.
A new breakthrough in stem cell production provides an important tool to researchers studying Lou Gehrig’s disease
By Stuart FoxPosted 08.05.2008 at 3:27 pm 1 Comment
Talk of the promise of stem cells usually revolves around creating new, healthy cells to repair damaged or diseased organs. However, a joint project between Harvard and Columbia Universities has been doing the exact opposite: creating stem cells that will develop into diseased cells. By creating stem cells from people with a known degenerative disorder, the researchers hope to explore the process that cause the diseases, discover where a cure might be most effective, and probe the unexplored area between genetics and disease.
Scientists find the stuff that makes bread oh-so-tasty also may cure everything from Lou Gehrig's disease to aging
By Dan SmithPosted 06.19.2008 at 2:29 pm 3 Comments
You know that humans have used yeast for thousands of years for baking and brewing, but did you know that it’s also prized for its applications in medical research?
The metabolic processes of yeast cells are similar to mammal cells, and since yeast reproduces quickly, experimental results can be obtained much faster than they would using animals. Yeast’s rapid reaction time has allowed scientists to put all sorts of research in fast-forward, with the aim of efficiently developing new disease treatments.