Research Shows Degenerative Diseases Affecting the Retina May Be Treatable with Gene Therapy

(News-Medical) – Researchers have demonstrated the ability to deliver a fully functional copy of the CLN3 gene to stem cells of patients with juvenile NCL, an inherited neurodegenerative disease in which a mutation in the CLN3 gene causes early-onset severe … Read More

Stem Cell Advocates and Critics Push Back on FDA Guidelines

(Scientific American) – The FDA notes the revised guidelines are meant to help manufacturers navigate regulations that are already in place. But many interpret them as a crackdown on clinics offering patients experimental procedures. “It is possible that after these … Read More

Human Chimera Research’s Huge (and Thorny) Potential

(Wired) – Human chimeras are mixtures of human cells with rodent, pig, or other animal embryos. It is important to note that this research does not directly use human embryos or fetuses, instead relying on pluripotent stem cells, which can … Read More

Stem Cells Transplanted in Monkey Without Anti-Rejection Drugs

(U.S. News & World Report) – Scientists report they have successfully transplanted reprogrammed monkey stem cells into the eyes of other monkeys without the need for anti-rejection drugs. The techniques used in this study have been in development for some … Read More

After Setbacks, a Pioneering Stem-Cell Technology’s Back in Human Trials

(MIT Technology Review) – A company that stepped in to salvage the first-ever medical use of human embryonic stem cells says it has encouraging results in patients with spinal-cord injury. Today, Asterias Biotherapeutics, the company in Fremont, California, that’s developing the … Read More

Ethicists Make the Case for Bone Marrow Transplantation Markets

(Washington Post) – A cross-ideological group of ethicists recently signed a powerful public letter opposing the proposed federal regulation banning the sale of hematopoietic stem cells, used in bone marrow transplantation. These cells are used in the treatment of patients … Read More

Making Babies without Eggs May Be Possible, Say Scientists

(BBC) – Scientists say early experiments suggest it may one day be possible to make babies without using eggs. They have succeeded in creating healthy baby mice by tricking sperm into believing they were fertilising normal eggs. The findings in … Read More

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