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Japan Approves Test of iPS Cells for Treating Spinal Injuries

(Reuters) – Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said on Monday.  The research team from Tokyo’s Keio University planned to … Read More

Newly Developed Stem Cell Technologies Show Promise for Treating PD Patients

(News-Medical) – Cell replacement may play an increasing role in alleviating the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) in future. Writing in a special supplement to the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, experts describe how newly developed stem cell technologies could … Read More

Transplanting Pig Kidneys in Humans, 3D Organ Printing and Other Futuristic Innovations to Solve the Organ Shortage

(CNBC) – Now researchers, doctors and policymakers are exploring new strategies to increase the supply of organs needed to meet demand. Among the promising pursuits: advancing stem cell research in an effort to heal damaged organ tissue; developing biofabrication techniques … Read More

Japan Should Put the Brakes on Stem-Cell Sales

(Nature) – Meanwhile, in Japan, a more worrisome approach is unfolding. Last month, researchers at Sapporo Medical University leapfrogged all other spinal-cord injury treatments that use stem cells — including the one being investigated by Asterias — and received market … Read More

Stem Cells Motivate Ocular Surface Repair in Trial with Vision Loss Patients

(UPI) – New stem cell research may bring renewed hope for people who suffer from vision problems. Researchers transplanted eye tissue created from stem cells into the eyes of patients with a condition that causes blindness, according to a study … Read More

Japan’s Approval of Stem-Cell Treatment for Spinal-Cord Injury Concerns Scienitsts

(Nature) – But independent researchers warn that the approval is premature. Ten specialists in stem-cell science or spinal-cord injuries, who were approached for comment by Nature and were not involved in the work or its commercialization, say that evidence that … Read More

A New Edition of Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Is Now Available

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (vol. 15, no. 3, 2018) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Strategies to Guide the Return of Genomic Research Findings: An Australian Perspective” by Lisa Eckstein and Margaret Otlowski “Medicolegal Complications of Apnoea Testing for … Read More

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