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The Fertility Show, Manchester Central, 24-25 March 2018

Glossary

Pluripotency

A cell capable of developing into any type of cell or tissue except those that form a placenta or embryo



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A scramble for headlines or an optimistic (sunny side up) contribution to research on fertility preservation?

12 February 2018 - by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

The problem of fertility preservation for girls and women undergoing cancer treatments has been a subject of research for many decades. The recent study by McLaughlin and colleagues from Professor Evelyn Telfer's lab at the University of Edinburgh, UK, is aimed at finding a solution to this problem, with the claim that they have produced mature human egg cells in the lab for the first time... [Read More]

Creating life in the lab: in vitro gametogenesis (IVG) and synthetic human entities with embryo-like features (SHEEFs)

08 January 2018 - by Dr Jess Buxton

What exactly are SHEEFs and IVGs? How might they shed light on the mysteries of early embryo development, and offer new hope to those affected by infertility? These questions were the focus of the second session at Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction' in London on 8 December 2017... [Read More]

Safety matters – can we be sure that CRISPR-Cas9 is not producing unwanted genetic alterations?

03 July 2017 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

Recent debate over the safety of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing following a study that suggested it can cause hundreds of unexpected mutations left me puzzled... [Read More]

China plans embryonic stem cell trials for Parkinson's and blindness

05 June 2017 - by Emma Lamb

Two teams of doctors in China are to administer embryonic stem cell therapy from fertilised human embryos to treat different degenerative diseases... [Read More]

The craftsmanship of mimicking embryogenesis in a dish

13 March 2017 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

The regulatory mechanisms governing organ development are, in general, poorly defined. To recreate the complex processes involved in organ growth and maturation, scientists have started fiddling with three-dimensional (3D) cell culture... [Read More]

Film Review: Dish Life

20 February 2017 - by Paul Waldron

Dish Life, the last of four films made for Cambridge Shorts, takes a quirky look at the daily life of a stem cell researcher... [Read More]

Mouse pancreas grown in rat reverses diabetes

30 January 2017 - by Arit Udoh

Insulin-producing cells from pancreases grown in rats can cure diabetes when transplanted into mice, according to a study... [Read More]

US scientists create first human-pig embryo chimeras

30 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

The first early human–pig embryo chimeras have been created by researchers at the Salk Institute, California... [Read More]

Bioethical framework for human-animal embryo research proposed

05 September 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

A prominent bioethicist in the USA has suggested that most of the ethical concerns surrounding the creation of animal-human chimera embryos using human pluripotent stem cells could be reasonably addressed... [Read More]

NIH to lift moratorium on human–animal chimera research

08 August 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The US National Institutes of Health is considering lifting a ban on the funding of research to create human-animal 'chimeras' and replacing it with an ethical review process... [Read More]

Reassurance for mothers over mosaic aneuploidy in CVS

03 May 2016 - by Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Although our recent findings on the fate of aneuploid cells in mosaic embryos have indeed been somewhat misrepresented in the press, our findings may still constitute a strand of hope for mothers who have had early test results showing mosaic aneuploidy... [Read More]

Call to end US federal funding ban on chimera research

09 November 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie

A group of researchers have called for an overturn of a recent decision by the National Institutes of Health to suspend funding for research on human–animal chimeras... [Read More]

Human stem cells 'printed' in 3D

09 November 2015 - by Jessica Richardson

Scientists have reported on a method that allows successful 3D bioprinting of adult stem cells... [Read More]

Stem-cell scientist loses doctorate over STAP controversy

09 November 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

In the aftermath of the STAP stem-cell controversy, Waseda University has revoked the doctorate degree of the stem-cell scientist Haruko Obokata... [Read More]

STAP stem-cell findings were result of contamination

28 September 2015 - by Rebecca Carr

Researchers investigating the purported creation of 'STAP' cells have confirmed that the pluripotent cells were in fact derived from embryonic stem (ES) cells... [Read More]

Most complete 'human brain' grown in lab

24 August 2015 - by Dr Julia Hill

For the first time, an almost fully formed human brain has been grown in the lab, according to scientists from Ohio State University... [Read More]

Skin cells transformed into neurons

10 August 2015 - by Jenny Sharpe

Two groups in China have independently succeeded in converting skin cells directly into neurons using different chemical cocktails.... [Read More]

Cutting-edge technology and mitochondrial diseases - where is the limit?

27 July 2015 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

Given the complexity of the technology, costs and risks involved, two recently described mitochondrial 'gene-correction' strategies will probably remain as proof-of-concept studies and are unlikely be of practical use in clinical medicine in the foreseeable future... [Read More]

Stem cells could treat mitochondrial disease

20 July 2015 - by Dr Julia Hill

Scientists in the USA have demonstrated how stem cell techniques may benefit people with incurable mitochondrial diseases. The research suggests it might be possible one day to replace diseased tissue in patients affected by the disorders... [Read More]

Nerve cells created from blood cells

26 May 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

Researchers have found a way to directly convert blood cells into nerve cells of both the central and peripheral nervous system.... [Read More]

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