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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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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]

Revamped gene therapy for 'bubble boy' immune condition does well in trial

13 October 2014 - by James Heather

Gene therapy to treat children with 'bubble boy syndrome' seems to be both safe and effective, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found... [Read More]

FDA fast tracks ALS stem cell therapy

13 October 2014 - by Rhys Baker

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded 'fast-track' status to a potential stem cell therapy for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or motor neurone disease... [Read More]

Smoking while pregnant weakens sons' fertility, mouse study suggests

06 October 2014 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash

Mothers who smoke while pregnant or breastfeeding may reduce their sons' future fertility, according to research... [Read More]

Readily accessible eye stem cells could be used to treat blindness

06 October 2014 - by Dr Greg Ball

A pool of stem cells found on the surface of the eye can be used to form light-sensitive cells that could one day treat blindness, researchers have reported... [Read More]

Human stem cells reset to 'pristine' embryonic state

15 September 2014 - by Rhys Baker

Human pluripotent stem cells have been 'reset' to resemble embryonic stem cells at the earliest developmental state yet achieved... [Read More]

No sign of STAP cells so far in validation experiments

01 September 2014 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

Efforts to replicate the STAP cell findings have not been successful so far, the RIKEN Institute has reported... [Read More]

Zebrafish research uncovers how stem cells form

18 August 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

Researchers studying the zebrafish have discovered how a certain type of stem cell, which produces all the blood cells in the body, is formed... [Read More]

Stroke patients improve after stem cell therapy

18 August 2014 - by Barbara Czub

Five stroke patients have begun to recover after being treated with their own stem cells, and have reported no side effects six months after treatment... [Read More]

Leading stem cell scientist and STAP supervisor found dead in apparent suicide

11 August 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A leading Japanese scientist who was embroiled in the STAP cell controversy has been found dead in an apparent suicide.... [Read More]

Brüstle in the Dock: ISCC v Comptroller General of Patents, Opinion of AG Cruz Villalón

04 August 2014 - by Julian Hitchcock

As BioNews 763 reported recently, Advocate General Cruz Villalón has advised the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that human parthenotes are not human embryos. The fact that he had to do so raises serious concerns about the ability of Europe's leading court to interpret bioethical legislation and challenges the authority of one of its most notorious cases.... [Read More]

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]

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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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