Researchers Develop Haploid Embryonic Stem Cells

(Asian Scientist) – Researchers in China have successfully developed human haploid embryonic stem cells (ESCs). This new type of ESC holds a single copy of the human genome instead of the normal two; yet, they are capable of cell division. … Read More

In Search for Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal and Human

(Scientific American) – A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal. The researchers hope these embryos, known as chimeras, could eventually help … Read More

Korea to Drop Ban on Stem Cell Research

(The Korea Times) – The Korean government will lift its seven-year ban on human stem cell research. The National Bioethics Committee conditionally approved CHA Medical Group’s research plan, allowing the company to use up to 600 human eggs by 2020. … Read More

Stem Cell Guidelines Would Block Marketing of Unproven Therapies

(Canadian Broadcasting Co.) – A global organization of scientists and bioethicists has released updated guidelines for research using stem cells, the so-called “holy grail” of regenerative medicine, stressing that the protection of patients must take precedence as the field continues … Read More

Human-Embryo Editing Now Covered by Stem-Cell Guidelines

(Nature) – The revised guidelines recommend that all research involving the manipulation of human embryos now undergo a similar review as experiments that use embryos to create stem-cell lines, which has been one of the most divisive research procedures of … Read More

Stem Cells from Diabetic Patients Coaxed to Become Insulin-Secreting Cells

(Medical Xpress) – Signaling a potential new approach to treating diabetes, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University have produced insulin-secreting cells from stem cells derived from patients with type 1 diabetes. People with … Read More

DNA Errors Could Make Lab-Made Stem Cells Fail, Scientists Say

(UPI) – Induced pluripotent stem cells have allowed scientists to grow mini-organs with the potential to model diseases, test treatments and possibly lead to the growth of whole organs matched to patient’s bodies. New research at the University of Pennsylvania … Read More

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