mesenchymal cells

Boning up on stem cells for osteoporosis: good idea, little data so far

osteoporosis, stem cells for osteoporosis

It’s great when an idea like stem cells for osteoporosis just makes so much common sense, but it still requires data. A logical hypothesis is not enough. The point of today’s post is to fact-check the idea of using stem cells for such bone loss. A femur to stand on? Unfortunately, the take-home message is …

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What is Wharton’s jelly & its possible clinical uses?

Wharton's jelly umbilical cord H&E

For more than a year in my first job as a scientist I isolated cells from umbilical cord veins and then tossed the tissue away, never realizing there was more there that could be useful in the form of something called Wharton’s jelly. What’s in this article Umbilical cord histology & Wharton’s jelly | What …

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Mesenchymal cells or MSCs: definition, stem cell fraction, & trial map

mesenchymal cells, MSCs, mesenchymal stem cells

I confess that I’m old enough to remember when the acronym MSC stood unambiguously for “mesenchymal stem cells”, but should it refer to a broader term like “mesenchymal cells”? The field has moved in that direction. I think that’s the best way to go too and I’ll explain why. The goal of today’s post is …

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