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Embryonic stem cell

A type of stem cell found in early embryos, which is capable of developing into all (multipotent) or a wide range of (pluripotent) different body tissues.

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Embryonic stem cell production breakthrough achieved in mice

31 March 2014 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

A technique to generate mouse embryonic stem cells could, if repeated in human cells, improve access to stem cells by using fertilised eggs that would previously have been discarded... [Read More]

How to make a mouse from scratch: a few drops of blood, one pinch of salt, and a drop of vinegar…

03 February 2014 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

This apparent witch's recipe is how a group of Japanese scientists have generated new mice: a remarkable finding that proves that true greatness lies in simplicity... [Read More]

Book Review: How We Live and Why We Die

25 November 2013 - by Rhys Baker

In just 200 pages, Professor Lewis Wolpert addresses the whole of cell biology: from the discovery of cells, through how stem cells self-replicate, to how cells may have evolved in the first place... [Read More]

The Regenerative Medicine Expert Group: Watchmen watching watchmen?

14 October 2013 - by Julian Hitchcock

Since the Coalition came to power, we've grown used to its backing of science and technology. So, when the Government published its response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into Regenerative Medicine last week, there was barely a murmur from the sector as recommendation after recommendation was endorsed and translated into action.... [Read More]

Stem cells grown from adult tissue in live mice

16 September 2013 - by James Brooks

For the first time living tissue in mice has been induced into an embryonic state without any intervening preparation in the lab... [Read More]

Back up your stem cells for £40,000

16 September 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A Singaporean-based company has become the first company to offer iPS cell banking to the public... [Read More]

Study finds no evidence for 'ethical' embryonic-like stem cells in adult mice

29 July 2013 - by Dr Daniel Grimes

A paper in the journal Stem Cell Reports has reignited debate among a section of the stem cell research community. The study calls into question the existence of a type of cell that, if validated, would have great potential for use in regenerative medicine... [Read More]

Seeing in 3D

29 July 2013 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

We've all heard the stories about Archimedes taking a bath, Newton sitting under an apple tree - about moments when the secrets of nature suddenly revealed themselves to humankind. Well, stem cell science and regenerative medicine are nothing like that!... [Read More]

Lab-made retina cells functional in mice

29 July 2013 - by Greg Ball

Light-sensitive cells found in the retina have been grown from mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and successfully transplanted into the eyes of visually impaired mice, restoring some vision... [Read More]

Event Review: How Do Stem Cells Grow?

15 July 2013 - by Anna Cauldwell

Can you grow an organ in the lab? Can you grow new cells to replace diseased ones? Embryonic stem cells have the potential to grow into any cell in the body, but how is the cell type determined?... [Read More]

Human embryonic stem cell patent challenged

08 July 2013 - by Ari Haque

Two US public interest groups have asked a federal appeals court to hear a challenge of a patent over human embryonic stem cells... [Read More]

First trial of synthetic blood from stem cells on horizon

03 June 2013 - by Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi

The first human trials of synthetic blood look set to go ahead in the UK... [Read More]

Human embryonic stem cell study under investigation

28 May 2013 - by Richard Fadok

A group of anonymous scientists has voiced concerns about a controversial stem cell finding published online in Cell earlier this month, causing the journal to begin an investigation... [Read More]

Human embryonic stem cells created via cloning

20 May 2013 - by Dr Rosie Morley

Embryonic stem cells have been created from human skin cells for the first time by US scientists using a cloning technique... [Read More]

Brain cells from human embryonic stem cells restore mouse memory function

29 April 2013 - by Siobhan Chan

Stem cell therapy has improved memory and learning in brain-damaged mice, according to a study in Nature Biotechnology... [Read More]

Scientists skip stem cell stage to make myelin in mice

22 April 2013 - by Anna Cauldwell

Skin cells have been directly converted into the types of cells destroyed in patients with myelin disorders like multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy in a pair of studies on mice... [Read More]

Tooth grown from human gum and mouse stem cells

18 March 2013 - by Dr Rosie Morley

For the first time, teeth have been grown from human gum cells, in combination with stem cells from mouse embryos... [Read More]

Ireland: Genetic mother wins surrogacy case

11 March 2013 - by Ruth Retassie

The Irish High Court has ruled in a landmark case that a woman who is the genetic mother of twins born through a surrogate can be recognised as the legal mother of the children.... [Read More]

Stem cells in space

04 March 2013 - by Greg Ball

Mouse embryonic stem cells are being transported to the International Space Station (ISS) to investigate the impact of long-term space flight on human health.... [Read More]

US sperm and egg donors may be unconsenting contributors to stem cell science

25 February 2013 - by Maria Sheppard

Human embryonic stem cell lines approved for federal funding in the USA, may have been derived from sperm or eggs of unconsenting donors... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item


Twin Congress on Reproductive Biomedicine and Stem Cell Biology and Technology
23 September 2009  Razi International Conference Centre, Tehran, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Shahid Hemmat Highway 14496, Tehran, Iran
The Royan Institute's 10th Congress on Reproductive Biomedicine and 5th Congress on Stem Cell Biology and Technology... [Read More]

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