Having the Stomach for It

(The Economist) – Dr Lancaster’s organoid was not the first, however. That honour had fallen, a couple of years earlier and largely unnoticed by the world, to a humbler part of the body, the intestine. Intestinoids were created in James … Read More

Identifying the Source of Stem Cells

(MSU Today) – When most animals begin life, cells immediately begin accepting assignments to become a head, tail or a vital organ. However, mammals, including humans, are special. The cells of mammalian embryos get to make a different first choice … Read More

The ‘Ultimate’ Stem Cell

(Medical Xpress) – Now researchers led by the Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute have managed to induce a ground state by rewiring the genetic circuitry in human embryonic stem (ES) cells and in adult cells that have … Read More

Reconstruction of a Patterned Piece of Spinal Cord in 3D Culture

(Medical Xpress) – The central nervous system in vertebrates develops from the neural tube, which is the basis for the differentiation in spinal cord and brain. Professor Elly Tanaka and her research group at the DFG Research Center for Regenerative … Read More

Scientists Grow ‘Miniature Stomachs’ from Stem Cells, Which Could Patch Up Ulcers One Day

(Washington Post) – Scientists have used human stem cells to create functional, 3-D stomach tissue — in effect, little miniature versions of the organ in its earliest stages of development. This is a first, and the grown tissue will allow … Read More

Scientists Engineer Toxin-Secreting Stem Cells to Treat Brain Tumors

(Medical Xpress) – Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain cancer. A team led by neuroscientist Khalid Shah, MS, PhD, who recently demonstrated the … Read More

Managers of Discredited STAP Stem Cell Study Refund Salary

(Science) – The top administrators of RIKEN, Japan’s national network of research laboratories, will voluntarily return 1 to 3 months of their salaries to atone for their responsibility for the STAP stem cell fiasco. STAP, or stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, … Read More

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