The U.S. Department of Justice declined to consent to the University of California’s motion to intervene in Sherley v. Sebelius, the case regarding federal funding for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research, on which UC had made a motion to the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals on Sept. 20.
UCSF scientists have discovered a new stem cell in the developing human brain. The cell produces nerve cells that help form the neocortex - the site of higher cognitive function -- and likely accounts for the dramatic expansion of the region in the lineages that lead to man, the researchers say.
UCSF scientists have used a novel cell-based strategy to treat motor symptoms in rats with a disease designed to mimic Parkinson’s disease. The strategy suggests a promising approach, the scientists say, for treating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases and disorders, including epilepsy.