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Stem cell therapy: Conditions currently approved in Canada

As of 2021, Canada has approved a total of 3 cellular therapeutic products for use on patients. These include the use of stem cells for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), Adult B-cell Lymphoma, and Graft V Host disease. Most approved therapies use hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), found in bone marrow, blood, and the umbilical cord all contain HSCs. The future of stem cell treatments is dependent on Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (IPSC) technology. IPSC technology involves reprogramming skin or blood cells into a pluripotent state .

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Regenerative Recovery: How your own cells can help treat sports injury

The human body has an extraordinary capacity for healing. With enough time and proper care, it can recover from all kinds of injuries. However, this process does not always work as quickly and as effectively as we would like. This is especially true for elite athletes whose lives revolve around being able to train and perform at the highest level, and even recreational athletes who would like to get back to their training regimen as soon as possible after an injury. While injuries cannot be entirely avoided, scientists are currently working on cell-based therapeutics that will forever change the way they are treated. With the help of regenerative medicine, athletes will no longer be forced to slow down or leave...

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The role of regenerative medicine in fighting Alzheimer’s

Most of us have seen the devastating effects that Alzheimer’s can have on those who develop it. It is a disease that not only impacts the people who suffer from it but it takes a toll on their loved ones as well. While it is most common among the elderly, it can manifest in people in their thirties or forties. Considering its prevalence, it would not be an exaggeration to consider it a public health crisis. Scientists are leveraging the power of regenerative medicine to help find a cure for this condition or, even better, preventing it from occurring at all. Find out how you can benefit from these advances by banking your cells today. Alzheimer’s disease significantly reduces the...

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How stem cells are created from adult skin cells

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have the ability to turn into all cell types in the body. But, have you ever wondered how iPSCs are made in the lab? Let’s take a quick look at how we arrived here. What did we know before the discovery of iPSCs? For a long time, people believed the journey of the cell was unidirectional. Immature cells are initially totipotent and then progress through different stages. They move through pluripotency, multipotency, and end at unipotency (Figure 1). Scientists thought mature or specialized cells could not return to an immature state. Only embryonic stem cells (ESCs), a naturally pluripotent cell source, could develop into all cell types. < Figure 1: Cells transition through different cell...

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Storing Cells with Care for the Future

At Acorn Biolabs we ensure the highest quality cells are stored for future use. Your cells will be the starting material for future therapeutics and regenerative medicine. The quality of the starting cellular material is important for use in future therapeutics and regenerative medicine. How exactly do we make sure that the cells are of good quality? 1. We make sure you have a lot of cells It starts with the collection of the hair follicles itself. The hair follicle is like a miniature organ. It is wonderfully complex and goes through a series of life cycles. The Anagen phase is the growth phase of a hair follicle. While, the telogen, or resting phase, is where there is little to...

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