Category Archives: Gene Therapy

Nerve growth At The Extremeties

Researchers have found a genetic signature located exclusively in the nerve cells that supply, or innervate, the muscles of an organism’s outermost extremities: the hands and feet. This signature, observed in both mice and chicks, involves the coordinated activity of … Continue reading

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Protect Stem Cell Science from Stem Cell Quackery

FULL ARTICLE LINK: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News Keep the Opportunities, Lose the Opportunists Authors: Graham Parker, Ph.D. and Jeanne F. Loring, Ph.D. A recent article focused attention on the proliferation of unregulated clinics in the U.S. that promise stem … Continue reading

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Michael Lane – Breathing easier after spinal cord injury

From the Michael Lane Lab Website “With a primary focus on pre-clinical research, our long-term goal is to develop strategies for improving functional outcome after cervical spinal cord injury (SCI)” More than 20 years ago, a group of faculty members … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Petruska discusses research on axon growth mechanisms

Jeffrey Petruska, PhD, of the UofL Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, describes his research of the mechanisms controlling adult axon growth. Dr. Petruska has received funding from KBRIN and collaborated with the KBRIN Bioinformatics team on this study. He … Continue reading

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Personalized Medicine for Rodents: What the Genomics Era can Teach Us in the Quest for Therapeutics

How the use of genomic information can inform treatments for patients, including the use of neural stem cells to generate axonal growth. Dr. Mark Tuszynski

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Could Cancer Genes Help Repair Spinal Cord Injuries?

A Marquette University researcher hopes his work could be a promising step towards a cure for spinal cord injuries. Dr. Murray Blackmore turned to an unlikely ally in his work – cancer genes. Current medical practices cannot heal a spinal … Continue reading

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Development of Spinal Cord Connections That Underlie Movement

Samuel L. Pfaff, Ph.D. Development of Spinal Cord Connections That Underlie Movement Probing the Depths: under the Sea and into the Brain A serious spinal cord injury is a life-changing experience. It impairs movement and limits sensation and can result … Continue reading

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Dr. Murray Blackmore: The tumor suppressor HHEX inhibits axon growth …

For those watching the gene discovery work in the Blackmore lab at Marquette University, this is good news. Last year, Dr. Blackmore told us about the screening work being done in his lab. Here is the abstract for the publication … Continue reading

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The SmartBox and Optogenetics work at the Blackmore Lab for SCI

Drs. Murray Blackmore and Naveen Jayaprakash tell us about their experiences with the SmartBox. In their efforts to find a cure for spinal cord injury, the Blackmore Lab utilizes an optogenetic approach to study axonal growth in the spinal cords … Continue reading

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Dr. Murray Blackmore’s SCI research lab now bolstered with 1.6 Million NIH grant

Dr. Murray Blackmore recently had his research lab bolstered with seed grants and gifts that have led to a 1.6 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Health. The grant will fund continued research into gene therapy reagents and … Continue reading

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