The Dish’s Weekly News Wrap Up – June 1, 2012

“House Votes to Approve FDA Funding Bill,” Reuters

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that helps fund the Food and Drug Administration and gives it new authority to prevent drug shortages and speed reviews of medical devices.

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “The Impact of the Cell Culture Process on Product Quality”


“Stem Cells Curb Chronic Pain in Mice,” ABC News

Replacing dead or dysfunctional nerve cells with new, healthy ones derived from stem cells eases chronic pain in mice, a new study found.  Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco coaxed mouse embryonic stem cells into becoming mature nerve cells that could bridge gaps in the circuitry that triggers neuropathic pain.

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Exciting Treatment Possibilities with Stem Cells – What is the Best Cell Culture Method”


“CIRM Awards $69M in Stem Cell Research Grants Targeting “Bubble Boy” Syndrome, Other Diseases,” San Francisco Business Times

Bay Area Stem Cell Researchers looking to cure a “bubble boy” syndrome, fix damaged heart muscle and take on a host of other diseases grabbed more than $25 million in funding from California’s Stem Cell Research funding agency.

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Neonatal Stem Cells for Research and Clinical Applications”


“CHOC Children’s Research Institute Wins $5.5M Grant for Stem Cell Project,” Genetic Engineering News

A project from CHOC Children’s Research Institute has been awarded a $5.5 million grant from theCalifornia Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The grant will be used to develop a stem cell-based therapy formucopolysaccharidosis (MPS I), a metabolic disease that causes neurodegeneration and defects in other major organ systems.

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “Alternatives to Fetal Bovine Serum in Cell Culture Media Challenges and Perspectives”


“Rotavirus Vaccine Arrives in Rwanda,” Voice of America

Rwanda is the latest in a growing number of African countries to receive the vaccine.
It’s estimated that worldwide more than 1200 children die each day from rotavirus infection. Almost all of them are in developing countries.

If you like this story, please see our stem cell blog titled “Improving Media to Increase Virus Yield in Vaccine Production”


*For Fun*

“50 Best iPad Apps for STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Education,” Online University

Despite early doubts, the iPad has proven to be an incredibly valuable tool for education, both in the classroom and in homes around America. By offering students, from elementary school all the way up to the university level, the chance to do some hands-on learning, exploring, and sometimes even educational gaming, the device makes education fun and exciting, something that isn’t always easy to do.




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