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January 16, 2017
The New York Times

In 2001, President George W. Bush issued an executive order banning federal funding for new sources of stem cells developed from preimplantation human embryos. The action stalled research and discouraged scientists.

Five years later, a Kyoto University scientist, Shinya Yamanaka, and his graduate student, Kazutoshi Takahashi, re-energized the field by devising a technique to “reprogram” any adult cell, such as a skin cell, and coax it back to its earliest “pluripotent” stage. From there it can become any type of cell, from a heart muscle cell to a neuron.

 

December 13, 2016
ABC 7

Imagine taking a pill to reverse the damage from a heart attack. Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have made a breakthrough that could bring that kind of treatment a step closer to reality.

December 12, 2016
The Scientist

Steve Finkbeiner comments in The Scientist on a new study about the importance of donor age when creating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). He says that "iPSCs and cells differentiated from them will better model aging-related diseases if they retain their epigenetic signature of aging."

December 9, 2016
Xconomy

Tenaya Therapeutics launched on Wednesday, spinning out of San Francisco-based Gladstone. The company is backed by a $50 million Series A investment from The Column Group and will focus on regenerative medicine and discovering new drugs to treat heart failure.

December 9, 2016
The Atlantic

The Atlantic highlights research by Jorge Palop that showed that enhancing gamma waves in the brain can improve the memories of mice with Alzheimer’s disease. New research builds on Palop's original discovery, suggesting that manipulating brain waves could be a new way to treat Alzheimer's.

December 8, 2016
The Scientist

Yadong Huang comments in The Scientist on new research that suggests a certain type of brain activity called gamma waves could be leveraged in the fight against Alzheimer's. Huang published related research earlier this year on the role of gamma waves in memory replay and consolidation.

December 6, 2016
SF Business Times

With a focus on reprogramming cells to regenerate heart muscle, Gladstone Institutes spinout Tenaya Therapeutics Inc. emerged Tuesday with $50 million from The Column Group.

November 17, 2016
Vocativ

New research has found that infected men could represent a much greater risk to women than mosquitos in regards to Zika infection. That’s because the same weakened immune response in the vagina that makes reproduction possible also leaves women uniquely vulnerable to the virus.

 

November 16, 2016
The Sun

A delay in the body’s immune response allows the virus to “hide,” and as a result increases the risk of fetal infection during pregnancy. The new discovery suggests that, when the virus is sexually transmitted, women are both more susceptible to catching the virus and have a harder time clearing it from their system.

November 16, 2016
MSN

Women are at greater risk for Zika infection than men, new research in mice suggests. Scientists found the virus appears to trigger a delay in the vagina's immune response.

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