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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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A scramble for headlines or an optimistic (sunny side up) contribution to research on fertility preservation?

12 February 2018 - by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

The problem of fertility preservation for girls and women undergoing cancer treatments has been a subject of research for many decades. The recent study by McLaughlin and colleagues from Professor Evelyn Telfer's lab at the University of Edinburgh, UK, is aimed at finding a solution to this problem, with the claim that they have produced mature human egg cells in the lab for the first time... [Read More]

Scientists film brain stem cells dividing into neurons for first time

12 February 2018 - by Charlotte Spicer

Researchers have successfully filmed the division of stem cells in an adult mouse brain, for the first time... [Read More]

Human trophoblast stem cells cultured for first time

29 January 2018 - by Emma Laycock

Scientists in Japan have cultured human trophoblast stem cells, which form the placenta, for the first time... [Read More]

New Assisted Reproduction Bill in Ireland gathers pace

22 January 2018 - by Ruth Retassie

Details of Ireland's proposed Assisted Human Reproduction Bill were revealed in a meeting of the Oireachtas Health Committee... [Read More]

Alcohol found to boost cancer risk by damaging stem cell DNA

08 January 2018 - by Charlott Repschlager

Drinking alcohol damages blood stem cells by altering their DNA, raising the risk of developing cancer, scientists have found.

Creating life in the lab: in vitro gametogenesis (IVG) and synthetic human entities with embryo-like features (SHEEFs)

08 January 2018 - by Dr Jess Buxton

What exactly are SHEEFs and IVGs? How might they shed light on the mysteries of early embryo development, and offer new hope to those affected by infertility? These questions were the focus of the second session at Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction' in London on 8 December 2017... [Read More]

Offer egg freezing to all with medical need, say guidelines

08 January 2018 - by Sam Sherratt

The NHS should offer patients the chance to freeze their eggs before they receive treatments that could damage their fertility, say new guidelines published by the British Fertility Society.

Professors Robin Lovell-Badge and Cathy Warwick recognised in New Year's Honours

08 January 2018 - by Sandy Starr

Leading figures in reproductive science and medicine have been recognised in the New Year's Honours list 2018, including two experts who have previously written for BioNews... [Read More]

Sperm, eggs and embryos: how do we define them as science offers new possibilities?

18 December 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner

The Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s Annual Conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction' discussed some of the most important ethical and scientific questions facing human reproduction. The first session, chaired by Sarah Norcross, the Director of PET, tackled the very fundamentals. What is a sperm? What is an egg? And what is an embryo?... [Read More]

Gene therapy directed straight to the brain works in mice

11 December 2017 - by Ewa Zotow

Scientists revealed an innovative method which can be used to transplant blood-forming stem cells directly into the brain... [Read More]

Large volumes of stem cells collected during caesareans

11 December 2017 - by Emma Laycock

An efficient method to collect amniotic fluid rich in stem cells during caesarean sections has been developed by scientists in Sweden... [Read More]

Preimplantation genetic screening: unvalidated methods discard healthy embryos

11 December 2017 - by Norbert Gleicher

A seemingly brilliant hypothesis of preimplantation genetic screening arose in the 1990s when Dr Yuri Verlinsky proposed using polar body biopsies to detect chromosomal abnormalities in embryos prior to transfer in IVF... Healthy embryos are discarded by unvalidated PGS

Human stem cells help paraplegic rats walk again

27 November 2017 - by Ewa Zotow

Paraplegic rats were able to walk after being treated with human stem cells. This is the first time lower body movement has been restored after an animal's spinal cord has been completely severed... [Read More]

Confronting unproven stem cell treatments in Australia: The new regulation

20 November 2017 - by Dr Patrick Foong

Stem cell research holds tremendous promise for the treatment of a wide variety of illnesses and conditions, from spinal cord injury to autism. However, much more work is necessary to translate stem cell research into safe and effective therapies... [Read More]

FDA to speed up gene therapy and regenerative medicine approvals

20 November 2017 - by Martha Henriques

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced a fast-track review process for gene therapies and other regenerative medicine treatments... [Read More]

Stem cell therapy shows promise in patients with sight loss

20 November 2017 - by Jenny Sharpe

Preliminary results from two early stage clinical trials suggest that embryonic stem cells could be used to treat patients with dry age-related macular degeneration... [Read More]

Canadian scientists call for end to criminal ban on germline genome-editing

13 November 2017 - by Rachel Siden

Members of Canada's Stem Cell Network have called for the country to re-examine its laws banning genome editing research on the human germline... [Read More]

Sick boy gets healthy new skin with genetically-altered stem cells

13 November 2017 - by Paul Waldron

A boy with a rare skin disease has been successfully treated by replacing most of his skin with grafts of stem cells modified by gene therapy.

NHS will fund gene therapy for bubble boy syndrome

30 October 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

NICE has approved a gene therapy for children with a rare disorder that leaves them with no functioning immune system... [Read More]

Reform of assisted reproduction in Ireland is long overdue

23 October 2017 - by Dr Michelle Rodgers

Equity and access are among the most urgent issues for medically assisted reproduction. According to Ireland's Health Research Board, across Europe six countries offer full public funding, and 19 countries offer partial public funding... [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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