New source of adult stem cells; Research spin-off to open in Baltimore;

Stem Cell Research

Stem cell researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC have identified a source of adult stem cells found on the walls of blood vessels with the unlimited potential to differentiate into human tissues such as bone, cartilage and muscle. Release

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that was designed to make new stem cell therapies funded by the state affordable and accessible. Report

California's Little Hoover Commission will review the structure and governance of the state's stem cell institute. Story

The California stem cell institute is creating an appeals process for scientists whose grants are turned down. Report

Research deals

A spinout of Massachusetts-based Biomedical Research Models says it will open in Baltimore and add 25 new hires. Biomere will undertake vaccine research. Story

A new center for genetics is opening in the UK. Report


MedImmune has licensed its reverse genetics technology to the Research Foundation for Microbial Diseases of Osaka University in Japan. MedImmune release

A review of the genetics of people who suffer from narcolepsy has uncovered a genetic variation that offers a new target for therapeutic developers. Report

Using genetic engineering methods scientists have bred pigs with cystic fibrosis, creating an animal model that can now be used to advance new therapies. Article