Thursday, November 26, 2020

Direct targeting stem cells

Dr. Evan Y. Snyder at Sanford Burnham believes to have found a way to target where stem cells can go, wether it be certain regions of the body or organs. In his research he found that stem cells are attracted to areas of inflammation, therefor inflammation may be used as a guider for stem cells. This is called "inflammo-attraction". However inflammation therapy would be too rough on the body especially on the inside. So him and his team designed the drug SDV1a. This drug is meant to minorly inflame desired areas of the body without harm in order to guide stem cells to the chosen location. Although not tested in humans yet, him and his team have been having great success in mice. (World's first: Drug guides stem cells to desired location, improving their ability to heal)

Source: “World's First: Drug Guides Stem Cells to Desired Location, Improving Their Ability to Heal.” ScienceDaily, ScienceDaily, 24 Nov. 2020, 

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1 comment:

  1. I have always found the topic of stem cells and their research very interesting. I know stems cells have the potential to be incredibly useful but that it has been quite difficult to be able to get stem cells to differentiate into specific target cells. Research like this is incredibly important and can be very promising.