BIDMC Research Briefs showcase groundbreaking scientific advances that are transforming medical care.
For the first time, a research team at Lund University in Sweden has successfully reprogrammed mouse and human skin cells into immune cells called dendritic cells. The process is quick and effective, representing a pioneering contribution for applying direct reprogramming for inducing immunity. Importantly, the finding opens up the possibility of developing novel dendritic cell-based immunotherapies against cancer.
It sounds too good to be true, but a novel approach that might allow you to eat as much as you want without gaining weight could be a reality in the near future.
The antibiotic minocycline increases the lifespan of aged roundworms and prevents the buildup of proteins, revealing a protective mechanism that could be exploited therapeutically to help prevent neurodegenerative diseases.
The human intestine may provide up to 10 percent of blood cells in circulation from its own reservoir of blood-forming stem cells, a surprising new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons has found.