Column: A Stem Cell Clinic Under Fire by the FDA and Ex-Patients Files for Bankruptcy

(Los Angeles Times) – StemGenex, the operator of a La Jolla clinic that drew a warning from the Food and Drug Administration that its purported stem cell treatments were illegal, has filed for bankruptcy. The clinic also is facing a … Read More

Gene Acts as “Master Regulator” of Schizophrenia

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) – Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have identified a gene that acts as a master regulator of schizophrenia during early human brain development, using computational tools designed to investigate gene transcription networks in … Read More

Chinese Scientists Try to Cure One Man’s HIV with CRISPR

(Wired) – In July of 2017, doctors in Beijing blasted the patient with chemicals and radiation to wipe out his bone marrow, making space for millions of stem cells they then pumped into his body through an IV. These new … Read More

Scientists Create a Device That Can Mass-Produce Human Embryoids

(NPR) – Scientists have invented a device that can quickly produce large numbers of living entities that resemble very primitive human embryos. Researchers welcomed the development, described Wednesday in the journal Nature, as an important advance for studying the earliest … Read More

New Google Policy Bars Ads for Unproven Stem Cell Therapies

(The Washington Post) – Responding to ubiquitous online marketing by stem cell clinics selling unapproved treatments for everything from achy joints to Alzheimer’s, Google announced Friday it will no longer accept ads for “unproven or experimental medical techniques,” including most stem … Read More

Woman Is First to Receive Cornea Made from ‘Reprogrammed’ Stem Cells

(Nature) – A Japanese woman in her forties has become the first person in the world to have her cornea repaired using reprogrammed stem cells. At a press conference on 29 August, ophthalmologist Kohji Nishida from Osaka University, Japan, said … Read More

After Months in a Dish, Lab-Grown Minibrains Start Making ‘Brain Waves’

(NPR) – By the time a fetus is 6 months old, it is producing electrical signals recognizable as brain waves. And clusters of lab-grown human brain cells known as organoids seem to follow a similar schedule, researchers reported Thursday in … Read More

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