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Placental damage may cause maternal rejection of the fetus, as in organ transplants

A test that screens for organ rejection in transplant patients may also offer clues to a complication in the placenta that occurs during pregnancy.  Preterm birth and recurrent miscarriage have been associated with the development of chronic villitis of unknown etiology (VUE). This test may provide evidence that, like a transplant recipient’s body can reject [Sign in to read the full article...]

Discovery in bone marrow may improve chemotherapy, stem cell transplants

In research that could one day improve the success of stem cell transplants and chemotherapy, scientists have found that distinct niches exist in bone marrow to nurture different types of blood stem cells.  The research, conducted by research teams at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO; and the Children’s Medical Center Cancer [Sign in to read the full article...]

Stem cells show promise in extending transplanted kidneys’ survival time, study finds

Can stem cells provide an answer to the perplexing question of how to ensure long-term survival of transplanted kidneys?  The results of a new Phase 1 clinical trial conducted by a research team at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), The Netherlands, say maybe they do. The LUMC team decided to test whether stem cells might [Sign in to read the full article...]

NIH study uncovers details of early stages in muscle formation and regeneration

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified proteins that allow muscle cells in mice to form from the fusion of early stage muscle-forming cells. The findings have implications for understanding how to repair and rehabilitate muscle tissue and other processes involving cell infusion, such as when a sperm fertilizes an egg, when [Sign in to read the full article...]