Blood Stem Cells Permanently Damaged by Alcohol

Bone marrow stem cells are extremely sensitive to the primary by-product of alcohol, which causes permanent damage to their DNA claims researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Lab of Molecular Biology. The research, which was conducted on mice, uncovers two mechanisms that normally control this type of damage; a protein group that recognizes and…

Using Stem Cells to Study Alcohol Dependence

One of the major advancements in the area of stem cell research has been the establishment of techniques for "retro-differentiating" of old cells into younger cells. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is the discovery by the Japanese group of Yamanaka the skin cells can be coaxed to take the resemblance of embryonic…