RIKEN Teams Gives Up on STAP Cells

(Science) – A Japanese team announced Friday in Tokyo that it has been unable to reproduce a new, astoundingly simple way of generating pluripotent stem cells, despite working directly with the lead author on the Nature papers reporting the breakthrough … Read More

Stem Cells: First Therapy Approved by EU

(BBC) – A stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the first time. Stem cells can become any type of tissue in the body and hold huge promise in medicine. The treatment – Holoclar … Read More

Still No Stem Cells Via Easy ‘STAP’ Path

(Nature) – Haruko Obokata, the Japanese stem-cell biologist whose papers caused a sensation earlier this year before being retracted, has not succeeded in an attempt to replicate the controversial experiments, the Japanese media has reported. The original papers, which Obokata … Read More

European Court Clears Way for Stem-Cell Patents

(Nature) – Europe’s highest court has ruled that human embryonic stem cells made from unfertilized eggs can be patented – on the basis that they lack the potential to turn into a human being. The cells in question are created … Read More

Stem Cells Faulty in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

(Medical Xpress) – Like human patients, mice with a form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy undergo progressive muscle degeneration and accumulate connective tissue as they age. Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that the fault may … Read More

Breaking: Researcher Sues Over Misconduct Investigation

(Science) – A researcher under investigation by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is suing the institution, claiming it has wrongfully damaged his career. The investigation into the lab of cardiac stem cell scientist Piero Anversa came to light in … Read More

Stem Cell Therapy May Someday Replace Corneal Transplants

(Medscape) – Stromal (mesenchymal) stem cells from patients’ own eyes may replace corneal transplants, suggests a study published in the December 10 issue of Science Translational Medicine. Sayan Basu, MD, from L. V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, and … Read More

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