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American alligator skull (top); USC researchers identify three developmental phases for each alligator tooth unit, comprising a functional tooth (f), replacement tooth (r) and dental lamina (middle); a three-dimensional image of alligator tooth unit (bottom). (Photos courtesy of Cheng-Ming Chuong)

Alligator stem cell study gives clues to tooth regeneration

Alligators may help scientists learn how to stimulate tooth regeneration in people, according to new research led by the Keck School of Medicine of USC. For the first time, a global team …

The cellular and molecular composition of feathers can be experimentally manipulated to test the hypothesis that certain molecular components may enhance or suppress pigment differentiation.

Birds of a feather flock together for stem cell research

To eventually use stem cells in regenerative medicine, scientists need to understand how stem cells become organized into particular tissue patterns and shapes. With that in mind, researchers at USC recently found …

Professor Songtao Shi (Photo by John Skalicky)

Ostrow School investigators recognized for research

The International Association of Dental Research (IADR) honored two scientists from the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC at the association’s general session opening ceremonies on March 20 in Seattle. Professor Songtao …

Sir John Gurdon won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for laying the groundwork for stem cell research. (Photo courtesy of John Gurdon)

Nobel laureate to speak on stem cells at HSC

Nobel laureate Sir John Gurdon will speak on “From Nuclear Transplantation to Prospects for Cell Replacement” on May 16 at noon in the Aresty Auditorium of the Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research …

Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (Photo by Chris Shinn)

Startups get a leg up at annual business competition

Winners of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies’ New Venture Seed Competition were announced at the Marcia Israel Awards Banquet on May 2. The annual USC Marshall School of Business event, …

Andy McMahon (Photo by Phil Channing)

Probing the power of stem cells

Piece by missing piece, scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC are deciphering the powerful gene regulatory circuit that maintains and controls the potential of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to …

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CIRM STAR students won first and third place at high school science fair

Every year, the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research hosts about 20 high school students in a summer program partially funded by the CIRM STAR …

Dr. Wange Lu and Fan Gao (Photo courtesy of USC)

Unraveling the mystery of pluripotency in embryonic stem cells

Using advanced sequencing technology, USC Stem Cell faculty member Wange Lu, in collaboration with Kai Wang of the USC Zilkha Neurogenetics Institute, explores the mystery of pluripotency by mapping out the interaction …

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USC scientists contribute to international research on genetic risks for cancer

Researchers from the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center are joining hundreds of scientists worldwide in reporting the discovery of more than 80 new regions of the human genome that indicate risk for …

Researcher in the lab (Photo by Chris Shinn)

New CIRM training grant clinical fellow position available

Seeking MD applicants at the residency, immediate post-residency or Clinical Fellowship level for up to two year participation in a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) training program at the University of …

The cover image of Aging Cell shows a common type of genetic damage to a cell when breaks occur in both strands of DNA. (Photo courtesy of Aging Cell)

USC researchers show increase of cell mutations with age

Like an old car that gradually rusts as it ages, even if there is no lethal damage to a critical part of the car, a human body accumulates genetic damage as it …

Andy McMahon (Photo by Phil Channing)

McMahon discusses central role of stem cell biology in medicine of the future

USC scored a major coup when it brought scientist Andrew McMahon to the Keck School of Medicine of USC from Harvard University, where he had served for almost two decades as a …

Dr. Qilong Ying (left) and USC graduate student Chih-I (Jimmy) Tai (Photo courtesy of USC)

An important factor identified in reprogramming

How is the stem cell state programmed? A new study in Qi-Long Ying’s group at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC highlights the role …

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Adult hair stem cell fate regulated by competition between two signaling pathways

The hair follicle (HF) is an attractive miniorgan for studying adult stem cell biology and behavior because of its unique location: the HF bulge area. Using transgenic mouse model, studies from USC …

Pink test tube (Photo by Chris Shinn)

New NIH funding opportunity in regenerative medicine

Title: Improvement of Animal Models for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine

Stem cells (Image courtesy of Justin Ichida)

USC launches Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Initiative

A new USC initiative has been introduced to support collaborative research in regenerative medicine and stem cell biology across the university, facilitating the critical move from basic research into clinical applications.

Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (Photo by Chris Shinn)

$1.2 million in seed funding available for collaborative research in regenerative medicine

Deadline for Letters of Intent: March 17, 2013 To find a collaborator, please visit the following blog to connect with fellow peers on topics relating to Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research:

Justin Ichida (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Justin Ichida joins USC’s stem cell biology and regenerative medicine team

Justin Ichida, PhD, recently joined the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research as an assistant professor in the new Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative …

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Discovery of genetic clues may lead to better grasp of birth defects

Using cutting-edge time-lapse photography, Keck School of Medicine researchers have discovered clues to the development of the head at the cellular level, which could point scientists to a better understanding of how …

A window into the mammalian middle ear (Image by Camilla Teng/Crump Lab)

FDA approves clinical trial of auditory brainstem implant procedure for children in the U.S.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given final approval to begin a clinical trial of an Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) procedure for children. The trial is a surgical collaboration …