Honeybee protein keeps stem cells youthful

An active protein component of royal jelly helps honeybees create new queens. Stanford researchers have identified a similar protein in mammals, which keeps cultured embryonic stem cells pluripotent.

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$9.6 million grant to fund research on vascular risk factors for brain aging, dementia

The Stanford project, led by neuroscientists Tony Wyss-Coray and Marion Buckwalter, will focus on the influence of immune factors and systemic inflammation on the brain.

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Time Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People in Health Care

Tony Wyss-Coray, from Stanford University, found that stitching together young and old mice to join their blood systems improved the older mice’s cognition. Startups began offering unproven “fountain of youth” blood-­plasma infusions, but Wyss-­Coray co-founded a company, Alkahest, to scientifically test the idea in people with early Alzheimer’s. Encouraged by early results, he now hopes to refine a blood-plasma treatment for aging brains.

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Eight scientists awarded NIH grants for high-risk, high-reward research

The Stanford scientists will receive $32 million over five years to fund explorations of cancer, the brain, the aging process, chromosomes and the development of cells.

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Ask the Expert: Thomas A. Rando, MD, PhD on Young Blood, Biomarkers and Aging

A Q&A with Thomas A. Rando, M.D., Ph.D. on Young Blood, Biomarkers, and Aging

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