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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.



Articles using this Glossary Item

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Lung cancer stem cell therapy gets UK trial

09 March 2015 - by Isobel Steer

A combined stem cell and gene therapy for lung cancer will get its first clinical trial in the UK, the Medical Research Council has announced... [Read More]

Unique human brain gene discovered

02 March 2015 - by Meghna Kataria

One of the genes behind the dramatic evolutionary enlargement of the human brain has been identified. By greatly increasing the number of cells in important brain regions, the gene in question might have helped humans develop cognitive abilities unrivalled in the animal kingdom... [Read More]

Graphene shows cancer treatment potential

02 March 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan

Researchers have developed a novel approach to cancer treatment using the carbon-based nanomaterial graphene to target cancer stem cells... [Read More]

Eye teeth: Dental stem cells could be used to treat corneal scarring

02 March 2015 - by Daryl Ramai

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, have shown in mice that stem cells from the dental pulp, the inner part of the tooth made of tissue and cells, can be turned into cells of the eye's cornea... [Read More]

Europe's first marketing approval for stem cell product granted

02 March 2015 - by Ana Ilic

The European Commission has given conditional marketing approval to a stem-cell-based therapy for the first time... [Read More]

Mutation order influences cancer outcome

16 February 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

The order in which mutations occur in a cell can determine the clinical outcome of certain cancers, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine... [Read More]

Book Review: Good Science - The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research

16 February 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney

The emergence of stem cell research has been one of the most transformative biological advances of the last decade. In 'Good Science', Charis Thompson outlines the ethical back and forth that was often the public face of this rapidly advancing science... [Read More]

Human cells have their clock put back

09 February 2015 - by Chris Baldacci

Scientists have developed a technique to lengthen telomeres - the 'caps' on the end of chromosomes that protect DNA - in human cells in the lab, increasing the cells' lifespan... [Read More]

No more empty pates: stem cell therapy for baldness

02 February 2015 - by Ana Ilic

Stem cells have been used to induce human hair growth in mice, in a US study. The researchers say their work could represent the first step in creating a cell-based treatment for male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, which affects almost half of all men by the age of 50... [Read More]

Stem cells partially reverse disability in small MS trial

26 January 2015 - by Tamara Hirsch

An early clinical trial investigating a new form of stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis has demonstrated neurological improvement and enhanced quality of life for patients... [Read More]

Gene linked to aggressive breast cancers

19 January 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

UK researchers have identified a gene that is active in a difficult-to-treat form of breast cancer, raising the possibility of developing targeted treatments.

Just plain bad luck? Stem cell division rates play major role in cancer risk

12 January 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

Researchers have estimated that around 65 percent of variation in cancer rates between tissue types is related to the number of stem cell divisions, explaining why cancer occurs more commonly in some parts of the body than others... [Read More]

Human sperm and egg precursors created from stem cells

12 January 2015 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

For the first time, researchers have succeeded in creating human sperm and egg precursor cells from stem cells... [Read More]

First stem-cell therapy recommended for approval by EU regulator

12 January 2015 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

The first advanced therapy containing stem cells has received a positive assessment from the European Medicines Agency... [Read More]

European Court rules parthenotes fall outside human embryo patent ban

12 January 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has cleared the way for the patenting of human parthenotes for industrial and commercial purposes, clarifying the definition of 'human embryo' excluded from patentability in European Law... [Read More]

Scientists develop new 'F-class' pluripotent stem cells

15 December 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

A new type of stem cell has been developed in the lab, in research described as 'groundbreaking'... [Read More]

Response to open letter on mitochondrial transfer

24 November 2014 - by Professor Peter Braude and Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

A response to the open letter to the UK Parliament by Dr Paul Knoepfler... [Read More]

Open letter to UK Parliament: avoid historic mistake on rushing human genetic modification

24 November 2014 - by Dr Paul Knoepfler

Experimental mitochondrial replacement technology has a noble goal, but in my opinion there are too many unanswered questions and risks that remain to allow it to proceed at this time. I believe that moving forward with it would most likely be a tragic mistake for the UK... [Read More]

Mini human stomach grown from stem cells for first time

03 November 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Scientists in the USA have for the first time created three-dimensional stomach tissue from human pluripotent stem cells... [Read More]

Miniature human stem-cell-derived gut grown in mice

27 October 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

A section of functioning human intestine has been transplanted into mice, giving scientists a new model with which to study intestinal diseases... [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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