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Albert Einstein College to Help Medistem Study Epigenetics of Stem Cells

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Medistem Laboratories will collaborate with Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Kansas City Veterans Administration to characterize the epigenetic profile of stem cells derived from menstrual blood, the company said today.
Defining the subcellular characteristics of this group of endometrial regenerative cells will help the company translate its in vitro and animal studies into human trials, the company said.
Einstein College researcher Amit Verma said in a statement that the school has developed “a novel high throughput assay to analyze genome-wide methylation that has been successfully used in cellular systems.”
Medistem’s ERC product is a “universal donor” stem cell derived from menstrual blood that can differentiate into nine tissue types and produce “large quantities” of growth factors, the company said.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.