Recent CRM news and press releases.
The thymus, a specialised organ of the immune system located in front of the heart, is responsible for making the majority of the body’s so-called ‘T-cells’. These T-cells destroy virally infected cells, assist other white blood cells in immunologic processes and provide the immune system with a ‘memory’ against past infections.
The thymus is largest and most active in young children. However, by the early teens, as part of normal development, the thymus begins to shrink and thymic cells are replaced by fat tissue.
Stuart Forbes, Professor of Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh’s MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM), successfully secured £4.5M to study how stem cells are controlled in the body.
A documentary charting the history of stem cell technology has been honoured at this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Still from Stem Cell Revolution, illustration by Cameron Duguid.
Kamil R Kranc, Professor of Molecular Haematology, and his PhD students and Post Docs have joined the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) today.
Prof Kranc and his research group aim to understand how normal blood stem cells, also called haematopoietic stem cells, function and how they are corrupted under pathological conditions to cause blood cancers like leukaemia.
A natural trigger that enables stem cells to become any cell-type in the body has been discovered by scientists.
Researchers have identified a protein that kick-starts the process by which stem cells can develop to into different cells in the body, for instance liver or brain cells.