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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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Study uncovers proliferation of unapproved stem-cell procedures in US

04 July 2016 - by James Brooks

The authors of a study detailing the rapid expansion of unlicensed stem-cell therapies in the US have called on the FDA to act to stop thousands of patients being used as 'unwitting guinea pigs' for untested treatments... [Read More]

Womb transplant mother pregnant again

27 June 2016 - by Amina Yonis

A Swedish woman who gave birth in 2014 following a womb transplant is pregnant with a second child... [Read More]

Dutch government seeks to allow creation of human embryos for research

06 June 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

The Dutch government is planning to change the law to allow for the creation of human embryos for research... [Read More]

Second gene therapy wins approval in Europe

06 June 2016 - by Rachel Reeves

The European Commission has granted marketing authorisation for a gene therapy to treat children with an extremely rare, life-threatening genetic disorder... [Read More]

Stem cell study suggests mitochondrial donation might not be 100 percent effective

23 May 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

A study has identified a potential problem with mitochondrial donation, an IVF technique that aims to prevent the transmission of faulty mitochondria from mother to child... [Read More]

Stem cell scientists issue new guidelines to cover embryo editing

16 May 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

An international body representing stem cell scientists has included human genome editing in its updated guidance on the manipulation of stem cells and their use in therapy... [Read More]

Human embryos grown in lab for 13 days – longest time ever

09 May 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos

Scientists from the UK and US have grown human embryos in the lab for 13 days after fertilisation – the longest ever recorded. This is beyond the stage when embryos would normally implant in the womb, but just before the 14-day legal limit in the UK... [Read More]

No duty to inform non-patients of genetic test results

25 April 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A UK court has struck out a claim brought against a hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder when testing the claimants' second cousin three years previously... [Read More]

Gene therapy given green light in Europe

11 April 2016 - by Rebecca Carr

A gene therapy for children with a rare but life-threatening genetic disorder that severely weakens the immune system has been recommended for approval by the European Medicines Agency... [Read More]

Scientists create stem cells with half a genome

21 March 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill

Scientists have created human stem cells with 23 chromosomes instead of 46, the normal number in a complete genome contained in almost all cells... [Read More]

Lack of stem cells in womb linked to recurrent miscarriage

14 March 2016 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

Recurrent miscarriage could be caused by a lack of resident stem cells in the lining of the womb, according to a study... [Read More]

Stem cells restore sight in children with cataracts

14 March 2016 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra

Scientists have shown that stem cells found in the eye can restore vision in children with cataracts... [Read More]

Stem cell changes link high-fat diet to colon cancer

07 March 2016 - by Paul Waldron

A study in mice has shown that a diet high in fat can stimulate the production of stem cells in the intestine, which might then go on to form tumours... [Read More]

Fluorescent zebrafish shed light on the onset of cancer

08 February 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Researchers have visualised the onset of skin cancer at its earliest, single-cell stage for the first time... [Read More]

UK scientists seek trial of 'mitochondria-boosting' IVF technique

01 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross

UK fertility doctors are seeking permission to trial a new IVF treatment that involves transferring additional mitochondria into egg cells before fertilisation... [Read More]

Adult stem cells reverse multiple sclerosis in UK trial

25 January 2016 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

A stem cell treatment routinely used for bone and blood cancers is showing promise at reversing the effects of multiple sclerosis... [Read More]

Genetic marker predicts colon cancer chemotherapy outcome

25 January 2016 - by Hannah Somers

Scientists in the USA have identified a biomarker that could predict which patients with colon cancer might benefit from chemotherapy to prevent recurrences of the disease after surgical treatment.... [Read More]

What is the germline?

21 December 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

We report from the first session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: the Science and the Ethics of Engineering the Embryo', in which Professor Azim Surani discussed the germline... [Read More]

Gene therapy shows promise at treating immunodeficiency

14 December 2015 - by Dr James Heather

Two patients enrolled in a clinical trial of a gene therapy to treat severe congenital immunodeficiency have shown signs of substantial improvement in their condition... [Read More]

Restoring fertility after cancer treatment: is hope on the horizon?

23 November 2015 - by Dr Edgar Mocanu

A recent study in mice raised the possibility of restoring ovarian function after chemotherapy. But before creating hype, the medical community has a duty to deliver evidence from human studies... [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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