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Gene, stem cell therapies may have far-reaching implications for coronary artery grafts

As seen in Science Daily – June 9, 2015 Source:Creighton University Summary:Researchers are exploring the potential for gene and stem cell therapy in coronary artery bypass grafts to prevent re-occlusion in the grafted vein. Based on animal studies, the team is seeing a marked improvement in preventing re-occlusion, with no side effects A Creighton University […]

Help NCER Reach Our Goals

Please help Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research (NCER) continue to grow and advance our statewide advocacy for biomedical research that promotes the life, dignity and rights of every human being regardless of their developmental stage. NCER has been chosen to participate in this years’ Omaha Gives! fundraising event. Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour online giving […]

Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research recommends that the FDA deny licensure for the use of mitochondrial techniques in U.S. fertility clinics or research laboratories

At the end of last month the Board of Directors sent the following letter to the FDA with our position on the use of multi-parent embryos. 27 March 2015 Attn: Michael Berrios The Committee on Ethical and Social Policy Considerations of Novel Techniques for Prevention of Maternal Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Diseases Keck Center 500 […]

Amniotic stem cells demonstrate healing potential

Rice University and Texas Children’s Hospital scientists are using stem cells from amniotic fluid to promote the growth of robust, functional blood vessels in healing hydrogels. In new experiments, the lab of bioengineer Jeffrey Jacot combined versatile amniotic stem cells with injectable hydrogels used as scaffolds in regenerative medicine and proved they enhance the development […]

Drugs that activate brain stem cells may reverse multiple sclerosis

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 20, 2015 NIH-funded study identifies over-the-counter compounds that may replace damaged cells Two drugs already on the market — an antifungal and a steroid — may potentially take on new roles as treatments for multiple sclerosis. According to a study published in Nature today, researchers discovered that these drugs may […]

NCER selected for Omaha Gives!

Omaha Gives! is an annual 24-hour charitable challenge to benefit metro-area nonprofits. This community give-together begins at midnight on May 20 with a minimum gift of only $10. We’ve got hourly drawings, prizes, and bonus dollars to boost your gifts. So gather your circles, schedule your gifts, and get ready to cheer for your favorite […]

Scientists want to halt gene editing in humans

A breakthrough gene-editing process developed in 2012 could potentially be used to eradicate genetic diseases in humans—or make a person more intelligent or attractive. The Crispr-Cas9 or “DNA scissors” technique involves making DNA-altering changes to sperm, eggs, or embryos that could then be inherited by future generations. For example, negative mutations could be replaced with [&...

Scientists grow ‘mini-lungs’ to aid study of cystic fibrosis

I saw this on Science Daily: March 19, 2015 Summary: ‘Mini-lungs’ have been created by researchers using stem cells derived from skin cells of patients with cystic fibrosis, and have shown that these can be used to test potential new drugs for this debilitating lung disease. Scientists at the University of Cambridge have successfully created […]

Immune system-in-a-dish offers hope for ‘bubble boy disease’

I saw this on Science Daily:March 12, 2015 Summary: Researchers have been able to grow patient-derived, healthy cells in the lab, coming a step closer to treating fatal blood disorders. “This work demonstrates a new method that could lead to a more effective and less invasive treatment for this devastating disease,” says the study’s senior […]