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Welcome to the new and improved NCER website!

Please consider sending your “ice-bucket” challenge donation to NCER in order to advocate for the cessation of the destruction of embryos in research, and to educate the citizens of Nebraska. The Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research is a statewide advocate for biomedical research that promotes the life, dignity and rights of every human being at each developmental […]

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Stem-cell collection: is there a cure in the cord blood?

Declan and Helena O’Shea with twins Theon and Asha at home in Kilmihil, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon WardDeclan O’Shea was on holiday in Portugal in 2011 when he fell off a third-floor balcony while sleepwalking. He ended up in a coma for two weeks. When he woke, he couldn’t move any of his limbs and […]

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Combating Sickle Cell Disease with Cord Blood Stem Cells

June 19 is designated as World Sickle Cell Day. The international observance provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of the formidable public health challenge presented by the common, non-malignant blood disorder. Sickle cell disease is a genetic disorder in which the body produces abnormally shaped red blood cells. The sickled or c-shaped red blood cells […]

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Light Coaxes Stem Cells to Repair Teeth: Noninvasive Laser Therapy Could Radically Shift Dental Treatment

Harvard-led team is the first to demonstrate the ability to use low-power light to trigger stem cells inside the body to regenerate tissue, an advance they reported in Science Translational Medicine. The research, led by Wyss Institute Core Faculty member David Mooney, Ph.D., lays the foundation for a host of clinical applications in restorative dentistry […]

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MS Mice Regain Ability to Walk After Stem Cell Therapy

Multiple sclerosis is an often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts information between the brain and the body. Now, in mice crippled by a similar autoimmune disease, scientists have shown that they were able to walk and run after their spinal cords were implanted with human stem cells. The researchers – from […]

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Patient Stem Cells Used to Make ‘Heart Disease-on-a-Chip’

Harvard scientists have merged stem cell and ‘organ-on-a-chip’ technologies to grow, for the first time, functioning human heart tissue carrying an inherited cardiovascular disease. The research appears to be a big step forward for personalized medicine, as it is working proof that a chunk of tissue containing a patient’s specific genetic disorder can be replicated […]

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Daughter Donates Corneal Stem Cells to Give Mom Better Vision

Debra Astrug was struggling. She couldn’t read or drive, she worried about crossing the street to get the mail, and she couldn’t draw. “I’m an artist, and I couldn’t draw. I couldn’t at all,” said the 57-year old Elgin woman, whose vision had been deteriorating for six years, becoming blurry as the result of graft […]

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