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Translatable Research on Stem Cells ... from Fido and Fluffy?

Mar 9, 2016 1:00:48 PM / by Maria posted in arthritis, Cancer, clinical trials, Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells, Basic Research

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You can only learn so much from laboratory mice. Trials of stem cells conducted in our four-legged friends may serve as a bridge to human studies.

A staple in labs across the world, laboratory rodents are genetically homogenous, closely monitored, and are kept in standard, controllable environments -- and that's a problem. In the human real world, people are genetically different, have various diets and habits, and live in diverse environments. What's more, many times disease is induced in these animals, whereas in humans diseases are rarely planned and may have more than one cause. It's not very surprising that so many promising preclinical experiments do not pan out in human clinical trials. The cost of these failures is sky high, for companies, patients, and society.

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Tissue Engineering with Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Apr 2, 2014 6:13:47 AM / by Daisy posted in arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Stem Cells, tissue engineering

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It has been estimated that 70 million adults suffer from arthritis in the US. While there are several types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the major conditions that lead to disability. The economic burden of arthritis is estimated to reach $100 billion by the year 2020.

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