California Voters Were Promised Cures. But the State Stem Cell Agency Has Funded Just a Trickle of Clinical Trials

(STAT News) – It’s been more than a decade since California launched an unprecedented experiment in medical research by direct democracy, when voters created a $3 billion fund to kick-start the hunt for stem cell therapies. The bold plan, a … Read More

Scientists Aim to Create the World’s Largest Sickle Cell Disease Stem Cell Library

(Medical Xpress) – Scientists at the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) are creating an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-based research library that opens the door to invaluable sickle … Read More

The Stem Cell Revolution Is Coming–Slowly

(New York Times) – The breakthrough sidestepped the embryo controversy, offering researchers an unlimited supply of stem cells. Dr. Yamanaka shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for reprogramming mature cells into what are now called induced pluripotent … Read More

Japanese Team Produces Miniature Bowels from Embryonic Stem Cells

(Japan Times) – A Japanese research team says it has successfully produced from human cells miniature bowels that can make the muscular movements needed to transport food through the digestive tract — just like natural intestines. The bowels, no larger … Read More

New Fertility Procedure May Lead to ‘Embryo Farming’, Warn Researchers

(The Guardian) – A new lab procedure that could allow fertility clinics to make sperm and eggs from people’s skin may lead to “embryo farming” on a massive scale and drive parents to have only “ideal” future children, researchers warn. … Read More

Scientists Tissue-Engineer Functional Part of Human Stomach in Laboratory

(Science Daily) – Scientists have used pluripotent stem cells to generate human stomach tissues in a Petri dish that produce acid and digestive enzymes. They grew tissues from the stomach’s corpus/fundus region. The study comes two years after the same … Read More

Hear This 2017: Scientists Are Creating New Ears with 3D-Printing and Human Stem Cells

(Smithsonian) – Now, a team of researchers from the U.S. and U.K. are aiming to change that. Inspired by the earmouse, doctors at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine have … Read More

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