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2014 Annual Appeal for Support

Dear Supporter, In 1996, the Bedford Research Foundation was formed in response to a need for specialized tests and services that were not available anywhere in the world. Today, we still provide these specialized tests and it has led us to a new model of funding: “The Foundation is a forward thinking institution that covers…

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Fall & Winter 2014 Stem Cell Research Update

Bedford Research Stem Cells Glow! Breakthroughs in understanding circadian rhythms in stem cells. Fall 2014: Bedford Research scientists are following up on their discovery that stem cells have a circadian rhythm that may need to be supported for optimum development in the laboratory. In the body, the daily pattern of light and dark controls many…

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Stem Cell Research – Science Update

Following up Bedford’s discovery that stem cells may be controlled by circadian rhythms. Bedford Research scientists discovered that stem cells may need circadian rhythm signals. This insight would make them analogous to several types of cells in the body, including some cancer cells. If true, new methods of cell culture need to be developed to…

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Dr. Ann Kiessling Devotes Full Time to Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation

The Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation has announced that Dr. Ann Kiessling, its award-winning founder and executive director, is stepping down from the Harvard Medical School faculty after 27 years to devote her full attention to the stem cell research and other initiatives of the Foundation. “My nearly three decades at Harvard have been wonderful,…

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Over-Regulation of Parthenotes Stifles Valuable Scientific Research

Sean Kealy, UPenn Law RegBlog A recent article in Scientific American questioned whether research on stem cell lines derived from unfertilized eggs was too tightly regulated by the federal government. Now that technology allows the creation of stem cells without fertilization, there is no question that federal laws and guidelines are overly restrictive, causing a…

Why I Support Stem Cell Research

Victoria Staebler   My support for stem cell research has its foundation in my deep-seeded belief in reproductive rights for women. Since I came of age in the 1970’s, women’s reproductive rights and freedom have been continually eroded by federal and state legislation. That has been coupled with diminished government support and funding – ranging…