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Stem cell

A cell that can multiply and give rise to a variety of other, more specialised cell types. For example, stem cells in the bone marrow make many different blood cells.

Articles using this Glossary Item


CRISPR success in repairing sickle-cell anaemia mutation

17 October 2016 - by Sarah Gregory

Researchers have used the CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technique to correct the mutation that causes sickle-cell anaemia... [Read More]

Women's ovaries can grow new eggs, study claims

10 October 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

Scientists say they have evidence that new eggs can grow in adult ovaries, something that had previously been considered impossible... [Read More]

FDA considering regulation of stem cell clinics

19 September 2016 - by Dr Lucy Freem

The US Food and Drug Administration has held a public hearing on proposals to regulate stem cell treatments in the same way as drugs... [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]

Event Review: Gene editing – exploring the Canadian context

12 September 2016 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Professor Bartha Knoppers, Professor Timothy Caulfield, Professor Rosario Isasi, Erika Kleiderman, and Professor Michael Rudnicki

Gene editing, in particular CRISPR/Cas9 technology, is sweeping the scientific world and has been receiving ample attention from policymakers worldwide. Policy statements and academic papers regarding responsible ways of moving forward with gene editing have already been published... [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]

Stem cell treatment regenerates damaged heart tissue

01 August 2016 - by Annabel Slater

A new stem cell treatment has reversed scarring in heart failure patients by 40 percent, and also improved recovery and survival, a small-scale trial has demonstrated... [Read More]

Turning back the ticking clock: Could we? Should we?

01 August 2016 - by Dr Roger Sturmey

Reports that scientists in Greece have rejuvenated ovaries in perimenopausal women is potentially very exciting. However, there remain significant questions about this research... [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]

Womb transplant mother pregnant again

27 June 2016 - by Amina Yonis

A Swedish woman who gave birth in 2014 following a womb transplant is pregnant with a second child... [Read More]

Mitochondrial donation is safe, study suggests

13 June 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya

An extensive study examining human embryos created using mitochondrial donation has demonstrated that the technique does not adversely affect embryo development... [Read More]

Dutch government seeks to allow creation of human embryos for research

06 June 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

The Dutch government is planning to change the law to allow for the creation of human embryos for research... [Read More]

Second gene therapy wins approval in Europe

06 June 2016 - by Rachel Reeves

The European Commission has granted marketing authorisation for a gene therapy to treat children with an extremely rare, life-threatening genetic disorder... [Read More]

Stem cell study suggests mitochondrial donation might not be 100 percent effective

23 May 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

A study has identified a potential problem with mitochondrial donation, an IVF technique that aims to prevent the transmission of faulty mitochondria from mother to child... [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]

Human embryos grown in lab for 13 days – longest time ever

09 May 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos

Scientists from the UK and US have grown human embryos in the lab for 13 days after fertilisation – the longest ever recorded. This is beyond the stage when embryos would normally implant in the womb, but just before the 14-day legal limit in the UK... [Read More]

No duty to inform non-patients of genetic test results

25 April 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A UK court has struck out a claim brought against a hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder when testing the claimants' second cousin three years previously... [Read More]

Gene therapy given green light in Europe

11 April 2016 - by Rebecca Carr

A gene therapy for children with a rare but life-threatening genetic disorder that severely weakens the immune system has been recommended for approval by the European Medicines Agency... [Read More]

Scientists create stem cells with half a genome

21 March 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill

Scientists have created human stem cells with 23 chromosomes instead of 46, the normal number in a complete genome contained in almost all cells... [Read More]


Events using this Glossary Item

Envisioning the Reproductive Medicine of Tomorrow
17 October 2009  Georgia World Congress Centre, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1591, USA
The 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine...
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...
International Society of Developmental Biologists Congress
06 September 2009  Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
The 16th Congress of the International Society of Developmental Biologists...
System Biology Tools and Preclinical Models for Translational Research in Endometriosis and Adhesion Formation: Lessons from Cancer and Inflammation Biology
04 September 2009  Auditorium GA1, Campus Onderwijs en Navorsing, Gasthuisberg Herestraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium
A course addressing state-of-the-art research methodology in systems biology...
European Molecular Biology Organisation Meeting
29 August 2009  Amsterdam RAI, 22 Europaplein, Amsterdam 1078 GZ, Netherlands
The 1st annual conference of the European Molecular Biology Organisation...
Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility Conference
20 August 2009  Taipei International Convention Centre, 1 Hsin Yi Road, Section 5, Taipei 11049, Taiwan
The 7th Conference of the Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility...
International Society for Stem Cell Research Annual Meeting
08 July 2009  Centre Convencions Internacional, Rambla Prim 1-17, Barcelona 08019, Catalonia, Spain
The 7th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research...

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