Entries by dpagano

Artificial muscle fibers help keep muscle stem cells potent in lab

There’s no place like home — particularly if you’re a muscle stem cell. Snuggled comfortably along the length of our muscle fibers, these stem cells rest quietly, biding their time until the muscle needs to be repaired after injury. Although it’s possible to maintain muscle stem cells in a laboratory dish, they’re not really happy […]

Scientists trigger muscle stem cells to divide

BY KRISTA CONGER A tiny piece of RNA plays a key role in determining when muscle stem cells from mice activate and start to divide, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The finding may help scientists learn how to prepare human muscle stem cells for use in therapies for conditions such […]

Huge VA project to boost med school mission

BY JONATHAN RABINOVITZ A dozen state-of the-art buildings that will advance the medical school’s clinical, educational and research missions are beginning to rise, but Stanford isn’t leading the effort. With a construction budget of more than $1 billion, the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, or VAPAHCS, has launched an ambitious building project on […]