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Glossary

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.



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Advocate General paves the way for 'stem cell patents'

21 July 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An advisor to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has said that certain stem cells derived from unfertilised human eggs that have undergone parthenogenesis should not be excluded from patentability.... [Read More]

Cornea successfully grown from stem cells

07 July 2014 - by Dr Daniel Grimes

In one of the first experiments to grow tissue from adult stem cells, scientists have grown corneas in the lab... [Read More]

Controversial STAP stem cell papers retracted

07 July 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Nature has retracted two papers published in January on the creation of so-called 'STAP' cells, after all co-authors agreed to the retractions.... [Read More]

Racehorse-tested stem cell therapy to be used against Achilles tendon condition

30 June 2014 - by Lucy Harris

A stem cell therapy that is highly successful at keeping race horses in the fast lane is to be trialled in humans for the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy... [Read More]

Podcast: Risk Management - Breast Cancer, Business and Patents

30 June 2014 - by James Brooks

Does the pharmaceutical and biotech industry's profit motive actually distract from rather than motivate innovation and the hunt for new therapies? Is the patent system well suited to a new life sciences landscape including stem cell and gene therapies?... [Read More]

Very small beta-thalassemia gene therapy trial gets investors' blood up

23 June 2014 - by Anna Cauldwell

Two patients with the serious inherited blood disorder beta-thalassemia have been able to stop blood transfusions 12 days after receiving experimental gene therapy... [Read More]

Stem cell genome edited to create HIV-resistant immune cells

16 June 2014 - by Rhys Baker

White blood cells have been made resistant to HIV after researchers rewrote their genome to contain a gene variant linked to immunity against the virus... [Read More]

Professor Colin Blakemore receives knighthood

16 June 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Professor Colin Blakemore, a neuroscientist and defender of animal research, has been knighted in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours... [Read More]

Light-sensing retina created using stem cells

16 June 2014 - by Alice Plein

In a research first, a section of light-sensing tissue, closely resembling the human retina, has been grown in the laboratory from human stem cells... [Read More]

Human embryonic stem cells perform well in multiple sclerosis mouse study

09 June 2014 - by Isobel Steer

Human embryonic stem cells have been shown to be more effective in treating multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice than bone marrow stem cells, a study has found... [Read More]

Controversial stem cell paper retracted as cells 'never existed'

09 June 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

The lead author of a controversial study describing a new type of stem cell - stimulus-triggered acquisition pluripotency (STAP) cells - has agreed to retract two research papers published in the journal Nature in January 2014 (Bionews 740)... [Read More]

Lasers help stem cells to repair teeth

02 June 2014 - by Dr Naqash Raja

Lasers have been used to activate stem cells to repair and regrow damaged teeth in animals... [Read More]

Stem cell transplants 'safe and successful' in monkeys

28 May 2014 - by Molly Godfrey

Stem cells created from a monkey's own skin cells can be transplanted back into the animal without a high risk of tumour formation, researchers have reported... [Read More]

Human stem cells reverse multiple sclerosis in mice

19 May 2014 - by Alice Plein

Mice with a viral form of multiple sclerosis are able to walk again after receiving a transplant of human stem cells, scientists report... [Read More]

Stem cell scientist's appeal against misconduct verdict rejected

12 May 2014 - by Purvi Shah

Japan's RIKEN Center has announced that an appeal by stem-cell scientist, Dr Haruko Obokata, found guilty of research misconduct in relation to her claims of converting blood cells to stem cells using an 'acid bath', has been rejected... [Read More]

Can stem cells 'mend broken hearts'? Studies raise both hope and doubt

12 May 2014 - by Greg Ball

Two major reviews of clinical trials using stem cells to treat advanced heart disease have found a positive effect of the stem cell treatment, but caution against overstating this effect until more trials are carried out... [Read More]

Skin cells from infertile men transformed into early-stage sperm

06 May 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

Skin tissue from infertile men has been converted into sperm cell precursors after their stem cells were transplanted into mice... [Read More]

Insulin-producing cells created by cloning

06 May 2014 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Researchers have transformed embryonic stem cells from a diabetic woman into insulin-producing beta cells, a study in Nature reports... [Read More]

Tests on world's oldest woman reveal 'stem cell exhaustion' and hundreds of genetic mutations

28 April 2014 - by James Brooks

Blood tests of a woman who lived to 115 have revealed that when she died the majority of the white blood cells in her body originated from just two stem cells... [Read More]

'Realistic' skin cells grown in lab

28 April 2014 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

An advanced 3D skin model developed at King's College London (KCL) may reduce the need for animal models in cosmetic testing.... [Read More]

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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... [Read More]
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]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]


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