Swedish scientists decipher genetic factors behind osteoporosis; Stem cell treatment grows hair on mouse;

Stem Cells

> Tokyo University of Science researchers used a stem-cell treatment to grow a small patch of hair on the back of a mouse. Story

> Stanford University researchers used stem cells in a lab dish to create a model of a genetic disease known as dilated cardiomyopathy, helping to validate two approaches to treat the disease. Blog

> Chinese researchers helped improve colitis in mice by using umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Release

Cancer

> In tests on mice and rats, Case Western Reserve University researchers were able to use chemo-carrying nanochains, slip them into the tumors and explode them in hard-to-reach parts of the cancer. Release

> Vitamin E-rich diets help protect against many cancers, but supplements containing the nutrient don't really benefit, Rutgers University researchers found. Release

Genetics

> Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have determined that 14 of 56 genetic regions that control bone density can boost the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Release

> Oxford University scientists have figured out how mammal genomes become littered with viruses. Release

And Finally... Researchers in Germany are exploring the use of pancreatic beta cells from a genetically modified strain of pigs to help treat type 1 diabetes, and have generated significant promise with the therapy in mice. Release

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