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How Chicken Eggs are Helping Brains. A presentation discussing stem cell research…. Created For You By: No Limits Eastern Shore www.nolimiteasternshore.com Please feel free to download, print, or share this PowerPoint with credit given to No Limits Eastern Shore. Neuron & Stem Cell Review.
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How Chicken Eggs are Helping Brains A presentation discussing stem cell research….
Created For You By: No Limits Eastern Shore www.nolimiteasternshore.com Please feel free to download, print, or share this PowerPoint with credit given to No Limits Eastern Shore.
Neuron & Stem Cell Review • Neurons = a very specific brain cell that transmits information to the rest of your body through electrical and chemical signals. • Neural Stem Cells = self-renewing/changeable cells that develop into neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes (the 3 major cell types of the bodies’ Central Nervous System).
Stem Cell Biology • The study of the structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy of stem cells.
Stem Cell Biology + 3D Imaging • Forrest Goodfellow, a graduate student at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center, is using stem cell biology and 3D imaging together to help track/label neural stem cells.
How? • Using tiny (microscopic) iron beads and a chicken egg, Goodfellow’s team was able to label/track neural stem cells in the egg’s embryo. • The iron beads were attached to each neural stem cell as a label and the team then tracked their progress using MRI technology. • The team determined that this process of labeling could be done w/out damaging the cells.
Why is this important? • We have the knowledge that altering and transplanting neural stem cells directly into the body may help to restore damaged neurons and/or delay the onset of symptoms of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease but so far this process is being done blindly. • There is hope that advancements in new technology will allow us to track and direct cells throughout the body.
Citation Kornblum, MD, PhD, Harley. "Stem Cells and Stroke Recovery: Introduction."AHA Journals. American Heart Association. Web. 23 Mar. 2016. <http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/38/2/810.full>.