Tag: stem cells

FREE! Stem Cells: Assessing Cutting Edge Gene Design & Therapies Event – 10/21


A panel of scientists discuss the challenges, promises, hopes, and dangers of stem cell research and the exciting new technologies that have enabled us to explore and even alter the building blocks of life itself. On Wednesday, October 21, join Great Talk and The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, Johns Hopkins University as they present a Special Community Service Event: Stem Cells: Accessing the Cutting Edge Gene Design and Therapies. Starting at 7pm, the event is free and virtual with registration. Click here to register.

This Week in Research: Huntington’s Disease in a Dish; El Nino!


Huntington’s is one of those diseases that keeps medical students up at night:  the fatal inherited disorder sets in during middle age, and affects patients with muscle twitches and general anger/anxiety progressing to loss of muscle control, dementia, and death. There’s no cure, and not even any treatments to slow its progression — which is why the news that Johns Hopkins researchers have managed to use stem cells to generate “Huntington’s disease in a dish” is all the more important.

Maryland Awards Millions of Dollars in Grants to Stem Cell Researchers


They are so many divisive political issues providing fodder for the culture wars in this country, I have to admit that sometimes I forget about stem cell research. I was only reminded of its existence by the recent awarding of several millions of dollars in state funds to 40 researchers, mostly from Johns Hopkins.

The various projects address diseases such as “sickle cell anemia, schizophrenia, type 1 diabetes, nerve injury, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and Lou Gehrig’s disease, among others.”

The grants represent a multi-pronged attack, investing up to $600,000 in each of nine research projects that have already turned up evidence in support their hypotheses, and up to $200,000 in each of 17 others that explore “novel approaches.”

What do you think? Do you have high hopes for stem cell research? Does it cross the moral line? Do you simply not have the capacity to form an opinion on one more controversial topic?