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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.



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Stem cell treatments succeed and fail in treating eye disease

20 March 2017 - by Paul Waldron

In two different attempts to treat degenerative eye diseases with stem cells, three patients have been blinded, while disease progression has been stopped in a separate patient... [Read More]

Video Review: The God Cells – A Fetal Stem Cell Journey

20 March 2017 - by Caroline Casey

The story of fetal-derived stem cells is explored in this documentary, from the ethics of how they're sourced and the clinical benefits some say they offer, to the barriers to licencing and their wider use... [Read More]

Creating something out of nothing

13 March 2017 - by Sarah Norcross

Last week saw an exciting breakthrough in embryology, as stem cells from an adult mouse were used to grow a structure resembling a mouse embryo in vitro for the first time... [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]

Sickle cell reversed with gene therapy in teenager

06 March 2017 - by Ayala Ochert

A teenage boy in France appears to have been cured of sickle cell disease using a gene therapy. He has been free of all signs of the disease for 15 months... [Read More]

Stem cell treatment halts multiple sclerosis for five years

27 February 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

A study has demonstrated that a new, one-off stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis can 'freeze' progression of the disease for five years in some patients... [Read More]

Stem cells offer potential treatment for hearing loss

27 February 2017 - by Caroline Casey

Scientists have developed a way of growing thousands of human hair cells – sensors in the inner ear that detect sound – from stem cells... [Read More]

Film Review: Dish Life

20 February 2017 - by Paul Waldron

Dish Life, the last of four films made for Cambridge Shorts, takes a quirky look at the daily life of a stem cell researcher... [Read More]

First human trial of gene therapy for Fabry disease

17 February 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

A Canadian man with Fabry disease – a rare, inherited enzyme deficiency – is the first person to be given gene therapy for the condition... [Read More]

Genetic test predicts success of bone-marrow transplant

13 February 2017 - by Emma Laycock

A new blood test can predict how well patients with myelodysplastic syndrome will respond to bone-marrow transplants... [Read More]

Stem cell secretions may protect against glaucoma

06 February 2017 - by Emma Laycock

Stem cell secretions, called exosomes, appear to protect retinal cells in rats, offering a potential therapy for degenerative eye diseases like glaucoma... [Read More]

Genome editing: CRISPR at the cutting edge

23 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

The fourth session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond' delved into the new genome-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 and what it means for embryo research... [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]

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut in conversation with Dr Roger Highfield

16 January 2017 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey

The third session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference featured Professor Sir Ian Wilmut in conversation with Roger Highfield, former Telegraph science editor and now Director of External Affairs for the Science Museum Group... [Read More]

Stem cell treatment restores light sensitivity in blind mice

13 January 2017 - by Ayala Ochert

Scientists have partially reversed blindness in mice using lab-grown retinas made from skin cells... [Read More]

Should the 14-day limit on human embryo research be extended?

09 January 2017 - by Baroness Mary Warnock

As the Progress Educational Trust's Patron, Baroness Mary Warnock, is made a Companion of Honour in the New Year Honours List 2017, she offers her thoughts on whether the 14-day limit on human embryo research (which she originally proposed in 1984) should be extended... [Read More]

Synthetic stem cells repair damaged hearts

09 January 2017 - by Paul Waldron

Researchers in the US and China have developed a 'synthetic stem cell' that can repair tissue damaged by a heart attack... [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]

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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...
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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