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Glossary

Embryonic stem cell

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



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Stem cell therapy shows promise in patients with sight loss

20 November 2017 - by Jenny Sharpe

Preliminary results from two early stage clinical trials suggest that embryonic stem cells could be used to treat patients with dry age-related macular degeneration... [Read More]

Most versatile stem cells yet created

16 October 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Scientists have created the most versatile stem cells to date, which could boost research into the reasons behind failed early pregnancies... [Read More]

Doubt over human embryo editing study

04 September 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A group of scientists have challenged the landmark study which reported the first successful editing of human embryos for a genetic disease... [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]

Book Review: Experiments in Democracy - Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics

15 May 2017 - by Rachel Siden

Experiments in Democracy recounts the history of human embryo research debates in the United States while exploring how the democratic formulation of policy is impacted by complex relationships between science, bioethics, and the public... [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]

Artificial mouse embryo created out of stem cells

06 March 2017 - by Anna Leida

Stem cells from an adult mouse have been used to grow a structure resembling a mouse embryo in vitro for the first time... [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]

Stem cells reprogrammed to resemble fertilised eggs

23 January 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

Researchers have successfully turned stem cells into 'totipotent' cells, with characteristics resembling those of fertilised eggs... [Read More]

Discussion of ethics of new IVG technique is needed, say US experts

16 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Three US experts say public conversation should begin now on the ethical challenges raised by a new fertility technology that could reprogram any human cell into eggs and sperm... [Read More]

The 14-day rule: calling time on embryo research

09 January 2017 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly

The second session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', looked at new embryo images that have potential to challenge the 14-day rule and discussed the potential benefits of extending the rule beyond the existing time limit... [Read More]

Gene therapy 'reverses ageing' in mice

19 December 2016 - by Sarah Gregory

Gene therapy can reverse the effects of ageing in mice, researchers claim... [Read More]

Expert panel approve cautious use of mitochondrial donation in the UK

05 December 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill

Scientists advising the HFEA have recommended that the technique of mitochondrial replacement therapy be approved for clinical use in the UK... [Read More]

Regeneration of oocytes from discarded genetic material: will this double IVF success rates?

28 November 2016 - by Dr Philip Lewis and Professor Daniel Brison

A major factor limiting the effectiveness of IVF is the availability of high-quality egg cells from a patient. But new research suggests that the use of polar bodies might create two oocytes for the price of one... [Read More]

Book Review: Redesigning Life – How Genome Editing will Transform the World

07 November 2016 - by Annabel Slater

Dr John Parrington thinks the ethics of genome editing should be shaped by scientifically informed public debate, and he hopes his book will provide a starting point... [Read More]

Functional mouse eggs made from artificial stem cells

24 October 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe

Scientists in Japan are the first to have created live mouse pups from eggs that were made from stem cells... [Read More]

Stem cell therapy reverses paralysis

19 September 2016 - by Dr Greg Ball

An experimental stem cell therapy appears to have restored some feeling and limb control in five patients paralysed by spinal cord injuries... [Read More]

Study uncovers proliferation of unapproved stem-cell procedures in US

04 July 2016 - by James Brooks

The authors of a study detailing the rapid expansion of unlicensed stem-cell therapies in the US have called on the FDA to act to stop thousands of patients being used as 'unwitting guinea pigs' for untested treatments... [Read More]

The 14-day rule for human embryonic research in the UK

23 May 2016 - by Dr Calum MacKellar

Prohibiting what is useless and legalising what becomes useful in embryonic research without any in-depth ethical consideration may be pragmatic, but such an approach is ultimately just as irrational and meaningless as the concept of the human embryo's 'special status'... [Read More]

Stem cell scientists issue new guidelines to cover embryo editing

16 May 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

An international body representing stem cell scientists has included human genome editing in its updated guidance on the manipulation of stem cells and their use in therapy... [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...


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