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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…

Testis Stem Cell Project Update

Thanks to private donations, BSCRF scientists have launched the testis stem cell project. Phase 1 is the isolation of a new line of testis stem cells from the Per2Luc mouse to study the role of circadian genes in testis stem cells. Phase 2 is to improve the efficiency of deriving testis stem cells from cryopreserved (frozen to stay alive)…

Progress in Circadian Rhythms And Stem Cells

BSCRF scientists have derived two unique lines of stem cells that may lead to a breakthrough in the efficiency of stem cell derivation and expansion. BSCRF scientists are following up their discovery that the genes that regulate the rhythms of daily life, circadian rhythm genes, may play important roles in stem cell derivation and stability…

The 2011 Fall / Winter Newsletter

Download the 2011 BSCRF Fall / Winter Newsletter In This Issue: Progress in Circadian Rhythms and Stem Cells Developing the First Circadian Incubator Doing More With Less: A Letter From the Director Testis Project Update The 2011 Activated Egg Symposium Victoria Staeble Joins the Board of Trustees Download Past Newsletters: 2010 Newsletter (PDF) 2009 Newsletter (PDF) 2008 Insert…

You Say Embryo, I Say Parthenote

Julia Galef, Scientific American     “You Say Embryo, I Say Parthenote“, BSCRF and the importance of parthenote stem cells reported in the November, 2011 Scientific American byJulia Galef. Parthenogenetic stem cells Image:  From “Derivation of High-Purity Definitive Endoderm from Human Parthenogenetic Stem Cells using an in vitro Analog of the Primitive Streak,” by Nikolay Turovets et…

Dr. Janet Rossant to be keynote at 2011 Activated Egg Symposium

We’re delighted to report that Dr. Janet Rossant, Professor of Molecular Genetics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Toronto, and Chief of Research at the Hospital for Sick Children has graciously agreed to be our keynote speaker for the 2011 Activated Egg Symposium to be held Nov 4, 2011, at the Henderson House in Weston, MA. Dr. Rossant…

Video: Dr. Ann A. Kiessling receives first Alumni Achievement Award

From the Unversity of Virginia: The Alumni Achievement Award is a new award established in 2010.  It honors an alumna or alumnus who has shown superior achievement in a field other than nursing since graduating from the University of Virginia School of Nursing.  It recognizes distinction in one’s field and/or contributions to another profession, business or industry, government…