Stem cell controversy hits Japan

2014-04-02 13:30

The finding that a lead researcher falsified data in a widely heralded stem cell research paper is a setback for Japan's efforts to promote its advanced research.

'Embryonic-like' stem cells not found

2013-07-25 07:35

A US company that has promoted its stem cell discovery in partnership with the Vatican has come under fresh scrutiny by independent scientists who say the cells do not exist.

Potential breakthrough in stem cell production

2013-07-08 11:14

A team of Toronto-based researchers may be one step closer to a 'recipe' for large-scale production of stem cells.

Progress claimed in mammoth cloning

2012-09-13 11:30

There may be some life left yet for the woolly mammoth, according to research by scientists that has raised hopes the extinct animal could be cloned.

Doctor convinced of first HIV cure

2012-09-13 08:27

Years after a radical treatment, a US man and his German doctor are convinced that he remains the first person cured of infection with HIV, the virus that causes Aids.

Amniotic fluid a stem cell source

2012-07-04 13:30

Stem cells taken from amniotic fluid can be transformed into a more versatile state similar to embryonic stem cells and may offer an alternative, scientists have said.

Liver created from stem cells

2012-06-08 11:05

Japanese researchers have created a functioning human liver from stem cells, raising hopes for the manufacture of artificial organs for those in need of transplants.

Stem cells could repair heart damage

2012-03-24 22:45

Patients with advanced heart disease who received an experimental stem cell therapy showed slightly improved heart function, researchers say.

Stem cells halt Parkinson's in monkeys

2012-02-22 12:32

Monkeys with Parkinson's disease show a marked improvement when human embryonic stem cells are implanted in their brains.

China blocks stem cell treatments

2012-01-10 14:57

China has ordered a halt to all unapproved stem cell treatments and clinical trials, as Beijing seeks to rein in untested stem cell therapies.

Stem cell therapy works in heart trial

2011-11-15 11:30

A stem cell therapy for treating patients experiencing moderate to severe heart failure has showed real promise in preventing serious consequences or death.

Elixir of youth found - almost

2011-11-01 08:28

A new path toward regenerative medicine, especially for the elderly, is being pioneered through stem cell research.

ECJ bans stem cell technique patents

2011-10-18 22:33

The European Court of Justice has sharply restricted stem cell technique patents which critics say will reduce research.

Living liver cells grown from stem cells

2011-10-13 21:32

British scientists have developed a new stem cell technique for growing working liver cells which could eventually avoid the need for costly and risky liver transplants.

Personalised stem cells cloned

2011-10-05 22:23

US scientists for the first time have used a cloning technique to get tailor-made embryonic stem cells to grow in unfertilised human egg cells.

'Stem cell zoo' to tackle extinction

2011-09-05 10:41

Scientists say they have produced the first stem cells from endangered species, a breakthrough that could potentially save dozens of animals teetering on the brink of extinction.

Stem cell breakthrough may help infertility

2011-08-06 22:33

Scientists in Japan say they have succeeded in coaxing sperm cells from mouse embryonic stem cells, a breakthrough that could one day help humans overcome infertility.

Rogue stem cells in liver cancer

2011-07-08 08:39

Liver cancers are embedded with a type of super cancer stem cells that make them resistant to chemotherapy and spread to other body, researchers have found.

Stem cell bank may save nuclear workers

2011-04-15 08:36

Health officials should collect blood from workers at the crippled Japanese nuclear power plant in case they are accidentally exposed to high levels of radiation.

Patent rush chokes stem cell research

2011-01-25 19:23

Cures for paralysis could all be in reach with embryonic stem cell research, but the pursuit of medical progress is being choked by the US rush to secure patents.

Firms get stem cell research nod

2010-12-30 13:34

Two US companies have won regulatory approval to start the first experiments using embryonic stem cells on humans with spinal cord injury and blindness.

Stem cells to treat blindness

2010-11-22 08:34

Human embryonic stem cells will be tested as a treatment for blindness, a company has announced

Skin stem cells made into blood

2010-11-07 21:48

Stem cell researchers have found a way to turn a person's skin into blood, a process that could be used to treat cancer and other ailments, according to a new study.

'Tough' to get in stem cell study

2010-10-12 14:31

The eight people who will take part in the first clinical trial testing the safety of embryonic stem cells in humans will go through a stringent selection process, says a researcher.

IVF discovery a 'Pandora's box'

2010-10-05 08:41

The pioneering technique that won Robert Edwards the 2010 Nobel Prize for medicine has opened up a wealth of scientific options and a Pandora's box of ethical dilemmas.


Stem cell burger unveiled

2013-08-05 15:36

Scientists have served up the first test tube grown beef burger made from stem cells. Watch.

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Stem cells 'cure' blindness

2013-07-22 08:25

Blind mice have been able to see once more in a laboratory exploit that marks a further boost for the fast-moving field of retinal therapy.

Scientists 'print' 3D object with stem cells

2013-02-05 11:50

Scientists said they printed 3D objects using human embryonic stem cells, furthering the quest to fabricate transplantable organs.

Stem cells boost hopes of ending deafness

2012-09-13 10:30

Scientists working with deaf gerbils have said they had found a way of coaxing early stem cells into specialised ear cells that helped the rodents hear sound.

Stem cells blamed for cancer re-growth

2012-08-02 10:52

Researchers have presented evidence for the existence of cancer stem cells, with three different studies seeking to end a decades-old scientific dispute.

Stem cells harvested long after death

2012-06-13 08:31

Some stem cells can lie dormant for more than two weeks in a dead person and then be revived to divide into new, functioning cells, scientists in France say.

Skin cells turned into heart muscle

2012-05-23 08:28

Scientists have succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue.

Stem cells may boost women's fertility

2012-02-27 10:25

An experiment that produced human eggs from stem cells could one day be a boon for women who are desperate to have a baby, a study has revealed.

US begins stem cell trials for hearing

2012-02-08 16:44

Researchers have begun a trial to test the potential of umbilical cord blood transplants to treat and possibly reverse hearing loss in infants.

US embryonic stem cell trial is halted

2011-11-15 19:45

The first-ever trial using human embryonic stem cells to treat paralysis has been halted due to high costs and the company, Geron, said it will focus instead on new cancer treatments.

Vatican, biotech firm host stem cell meeting

2011-11-08 14:59

The Vatican has entered into an unusual partnership with a US biotech company to promote the use of adult stem cells for treating disease.

Disease progress with altered stem cells

2011-10-24 08:25

Scientists have made progress in using stem cells for treating hereditary diseases in the future.

Disgraced scientist unveils cloned coyotes

2011-10-17 13:03

Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-Suk has unveiled eight cloned coyotes in a project sponsored by a provincial government.

Shortcoming in new stem cell technique

2011-10-07 07:39

Scientists have used a cloning technique to create the type of customised stem cells that show promise, but it has a limiting factor.

US firm wins UK stem cell trial go-ahead

2011-09-22 20:47

British drug regulators have granted approval to Advanced Cell Technology to conduct the first trial in Europe of human embryonic stem cells.

Stem cell team aims for heart spare parts

2011-08-18 10:37

Stem cell researchers are trying to grow spare parts for the human heart that may be ready for tests on people within five years.

Stem cell research suit dismissed

2011-07-27 22:21

A US judge has sided with the Obama administration, rejecting a suit on US-financed stem cell research.

Experts identify human lung stem cell

2011-05-12 12:50

Researchers have identified for the first time human lung stem cells that are self-renewing and could offer important clues for treating chronic lung diseases.

Stem cell experts win award

2011-03-17 09:47

Three stem cell researchers have been awarded the annual Albany Medical Centre Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research for their work.

Stem cell breakthrough for birth defects

2011-01-18 21:38

US researchers have discovered why foetal stem cell transplants, once considered a promising field for treating congenital defects before birth, have been failing: it's all the mother's fault.

Stem cell 'miracle' in monkey

2010-12-08 14:15

Researchers have said they had used stem cells to restore partial mobility in a small monkey that had been paralysed.

Stem cells boost leg muscles

2010-11-11 12:26

Stem cell injections have boosted the leg muscles of mice and warded off the typical loss of muscle mass that comes with aging, a study has showed.

Stem cell poetry pulled off site

2010-10-13 11:00

An attempt to lighten up the subject of stem cells through poetry has backfired on the California agency that manages the state's research fund.

A first: Human stem cell treatment

2010-10-12 09:28

Geron Corp has begun testing an embryonic stem-cell treatment on a patient with spinal cord injuries, marking the first time such a drug has been used on a human.

Stem cells made from skin

2010-10-01 07:54

Researchers have found a quick and apparently safe way to transform ordinary skin cells into stem cells - the body's master cells.

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