Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Ricki Lewis | 
Bits of human brain growing in a lab dish can reveal a great deal about how a disease begins and ...
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Podcast: Deadly chemicals everywhere? Stem cell tourism kills; Natural pet food is a scam

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
A pair of high-profile studies alleges that the health impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals has doubled in five years. Should you ...
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Stem cell transplants show promise as possible AIDS cure

Hidaya Aliouche | 
[A study] demonstrated a successful stem cell transplantation from donors harboring an HIV-resistant gene. Blood taken from the patient revealed ...
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Stem cell tourism: Shady treatments are being offered–even in the United States

John Timmer | 
[W]e're just starting clinical trials to determine if we can use [stem] cells effectively. But that hasn't stopped people from ...
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7 years after the first lab-grown burger, is ‘cultivated meat’ any closer to commercialization?

Daan Luining | 
Almost everything we consider a great invention is, in fact, a series of great inventions. Take the electric car, which ...
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A CRISPR fix for diabetes? Success using stem cells in mice offers promise for humans

Emily Mullin | 
[Researchers] recently used the gene-editing technology CRISPR to correct stem cells from diabetic patients and turn them into fully functioning ...
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The tricky path for using stem cells to treat coronavirus-ravaged lungs

Ricki Lewis | 
The coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a wave of repurposing efforts, from old malaria drugs prescribed off-label to anti-virals stalled in ...
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Reversing diabetes in mice with CRISPR-edited stem cells

Angus Liu | 
Insulin injections can control diabetes, but patients still experience serious complications such as kidney disease and skin infections. Transplanting pancreatic ...
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Fruit fly protein could boost anti-aging treatment

Edd Gent | 
Impressive results in animals that have had their lifespans boosted by up to 40 percent have started making their way into humans. … ...
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Viewpoint: Booming stem cell market ‘conflates hype with reality’, damaging legitimate research

Laura Beil | 
Stem cells sold at clinics are driving what’s thought to be a $2 billion global industry. Facebook pages announce seminars ...
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‘Living, self-healing xenobots’ made from frog stem cells could lead to new drug delivery system

Katherine Wu | 
They’re perfect strangers: biological entities that, up until this point, had no business being together. And yet, [microbiologist Michael] Levin ...
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Growing tiny brains for research: Should we ‘frantically panic’ that something might go awry?

Guillaume Thierry | 
As mini-brains become more advanced, some researchers are worried they'll develop consciousness ...
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‘Search and destroy’: Precision stem cell treatments could be safer against blood cancers

Heidi Ledford | 
Scientists are experimenting with ways to selectively target the body’s blood-making cells for destruction. Early studies in animals and people ...

Religious beliefs shape our thinking on cloning, stem cells and gene editing

David Warmflash | 
Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam react to new technologies in their own ways ...

Seeking a better understanding of how space travel changes human heart cells

Emily Makowski | 
A team of researchers led by Joseph Wu, the director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, recently sent cardiomyocytes made from human ...
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Neural stem cell transplants show promise for treating stroke, Parkinson’s, spinal injuries

Ashley Taylor | 
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease is a genetic malady that leaves neurons without their myelin coating. This deficit has devastating consequences for the ...
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Create a fetus without an egg or sperm? Researchers have done it with mice

Yasmin Tayag | 
Reproduction used to be a simple thing: two parents, one egg, one sperm, one embryo, one baby. But on [October ...

Japan’s quest to be world leader in regenerative medicine sparks surge in questionable stem cell treatments

David Cyranoski | 
In the United States, authorities have grappled with a surge of clinics selling therapies that are unsupported by evidence and, ...
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Anonymous no more: AncestryDNA test reveals identity of woman’s stem cell donor

Sarah Zhang | 
In 2017, Holly Becker took an AncestryDNA test, and the results, she would only later learn, exactly matched those of ...

Regenerative Japanese stem cell treatment raises hopes for spinal cord injuries—but sparks ethical debate

Amos Zeeberg | 
The country fast-tracked the controversial therapy, opening an international rift over who should make health care decisions ...
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Japanese woman receives first artificial cornea created from reprogrammed stem cells

David Cyranoski | 
A Japanese woman in her forties has become the first person in the world to have her cornea repaired using ...
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What’s next from stem cell research? Diabetes treatments and safer kidney transplants

Kathleen Doheny | 
Treatments for eye diseases are considered among the most promising for stem cells, which have been under study for more ...
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Unproven stem cell treatments gain popularity boost from Max Scherzer, Tiger Woods, other pro athletes

Liz Szabo | 
Stem cells and related therapies, such as platelet injections, have been used for the past decade by top athletes: golfer ...
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Deep dive into US stem cell clinics gives reason to worry about ‘unsafe or useless treatments’

Ed Cara | 
Medical clinics that provide largely unregulated stem cell treatments are popping up all over the U.S. But a new study ...

Can we cure baldness with stem cell-based ‘hair farms’?

James Hamblin | 
The physiology of balding has long vexed even the most entrepreneurial of scientists. Despite a rare confluence of commercial forces ...
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Stem cell therapies could treat diabetes by helping the body boost insulin production

Eric Bender | 
Each year, 40,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, an auto­immune disease that wipes out ...
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Spinal cord tumor illustrates long-term risks of controversial stem cell therapies

Brittany Flaherty | 
Stem cell therapies have the potential to treat many conditions, but so far there’s little proof that they do. Even ...
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