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    Genome editing techniques for blood stem cells just got better, thanks to a team of researchers at USC and Sangamo BioSciences. In an upcoming study in Nature Biotechnology, co-first authors Colin M. Exline from USC and Jianbin Wang from Sangamo BioSciences describe a new, more efficient way to edit genes in blood-forming or “hematopoietic” stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs).

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  • Iroquois genes make cartilage cells act "oh so immature"

    Arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the U.S., involves the loss of a special type of cartilage cell lining the joints. In a study appearing on the cover of the latest issue of Developmental Cell, first author Amjad Askary — a PhD student in the USC Stem Cell lab of Gage Crump — and his colleagues identify roles for a family of genes, called Iroquois (Irx) genes, in protecting these joint cartilage cells.

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  • Q&A: USC Stem Cell Ambassador Richard Merkin

    USC Stem Cell Ambassador Richard Merkin, MD, is the founder of the Heritage Provider Network, which, under his leadership, became the largest physician-owned and operated integrated delivery system in the United States. He sits on the boards of many colleges and universities, including the Board of Overseers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and is known as much for his philanthropy as for his leadership in the health care field. The Merkin Family Foundation recently established four assistant professorships in regenerative medicine at USC.

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  • Ostrow awarded NIDCR grant to establish tissue regeneration center

    Tissue regeneration is about to become more fact than fiction, thanks to a $2 million grant that’s being divided among 10 research centers and universities, including the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

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  • At Keck-Dornsife retreat, scientists share research

    Seeking to strengthen partnerships between two of USC’s oldest schools, scientists from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences recently gathered to discuss new research and areas for future collaboration.

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  • USC Stem Cell researcher Min Yu receives the NIHs New Innovator Award

    As a winner of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, USC Stem Cell principal investigator Min Yu will strive to develop individualized medicine targeting rare and deadly breast cancer stem cells. The five-year, $2.475 million award is part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program supported by the NIH Common Fund.

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  • Postdoctoral fellow Albert Kim receives first Hearst Fellowship

    How do you turn stem cells into nephrons, the functional unit of the kidney? Albert D. Kim, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Andy McMahon, PhD, is exploring this question with support from a Hearst Fellowship, an award recognizing an exceptional junior postdoctoral fellow pursuing stem cell research at USC.

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