Gladstone in the News

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Could a cure for type 1 diabetes be in sight? Scientists discover how to turn ordinary skin cells into those that produce insulin
February 6, 2014

A diabetes cure could be in sight after scientists transformed ordinary skin cells into pancreatic cells producing insulin.

New Method for Reprogramming Cells
January 31, 2014

Gladstone Investigators Shinya Yamanaka and Sheng Ding weigh in on findings tha an external stressor, such as low pH or a mechanical squeeze, can send differentiated mouse cells back to a pluripotent state.

Study Says New Method Could Be a Quicker Source of Stem Cells
January 31, 2014

Gladstone Investigator Sheng Ding weighs in on a surprising study finding that a simple acid bath might turn cells in the body into stem cells that could one day be used for tissue repair and other medical treatments.

Lab Culture: The Tireless Brain Bot of the Finkbeiner Lab
January 8, 2014

A close look inside the researchers and laboratory of Gladstone Investgiator Steve Finkbeiner—and their search for a cure for devastating diseases of the brain.

HIV 'achilles heel' uncovered, could lead to new treatment
December 20, 2013

Scientists in the US have pinpointed the so-called Achilles heel of the AIDS virus. The findings could lead to the development of a new therapeutic strategy for the treatment of HIV - one which targets the host, rather than the virus.

New studies detail how HIV affects immune system, claim drug exists to block virus
December 19, 2013

In a last-ditch effort to rid the body of HIV, droves of white bloods cells self-destruct in an explosive mass suicide that drives the progression toward AIDS, a pair of new studies has found.

Cells' Fiery Suicide in HIV Provides New Treatment Hope
December 19, 2013

The difference between HIV infection and full-blown AIDS is, in large part, the massive die-off of the immune system’s CD4 T-cells. But researchers have only observed the virus killing a small portion of those cells, leading to a longstanding question: What makes the other cells disappear? New research shows that the body is killing its own cells in a little-known process. What’s more, an existing, safe drug could interrupt that self-destruction, thereby offering a way to treat AIDS.

The Noisy Mass Suicide That Leads to AIDS
December 19, 2013

Warner Greene from the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology has been trying to solve the mystery of HIV inffection for years, and he thinks he has finally cracked it. In two papers, published simultaneously in Science and Nature, his team lays out why HIV kills so many bystander cells and, better still, a possible way of stopping it.

HIV infection causes immune cells to self-destruct, study says
December 19, 2013

Scientists say they have discovered a key process by which the AIDS virus kills key immune cells: It triggers a preprogrammed self-destruct sequence within the cell that is intended to alert fellow immune cells of a crisis.

Gladstone HIV researchers target Vertex drug for clinical trial
December 19, 2013

An anti-inflammatory drug shelved by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. after a mid-stage study in epilepsy patients could be the next big HIV treatment.