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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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Most complete 'human brain' grown in lab

24 August 2015 - by Julia Hill

For the first time, an almost fully formed human brain has been grown in the lab, according to scientists from Ohio State University... [Read More]

Radio Review: Rewinding the Menopause

10 August 2015 - by Barbara Czub

In this Radio 4 programme, Dr Aarathi Prasad investigates new research that is overturning decades-old assumptions about how human eggs are produced and what causes the menopause... [Read More]

Skin cells transformed into neurons

10 August 2015 - by Jenny Sharpe

Two groups in China have independently succeeded in converting skin cells directly into neurons using different chemical cocktails.... [Read More]

Spotlight thrown on fetal stem cell research in USA

10 August 2015 - by Rebecca Carr

Fetal stem cell research in the USA has come under the spotlight after an undercover video was released of an official from Planned Parenthood discussing how fetal organs are being used in research... [Read More]

Cutting-edge technology and mitochondrial diseases - where is the limit?

27 July 2015 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

Given the complexity of the technology, costs and risks involved, two recently described mitochondrial 'gene-correction' strategies will probably remain as proof-of-concept studies and are unlikely be of practical use in clinical medicine in the foreseeable future... [Read More]

Stem cells trigger liver regeneration

27 July 2015 - by Hannah Somers

Researchers have successfully used a stem cell transplant to induce repair and regeneration of the liver in mice... [Read More]

TV Review: Great Ormond Street - Fix My Genes

27 July 2015 - by Daniel Malynn

In Great Ormond Street, we meet three families all facing rare genetic immune diseases. The documentary witnesses the utter anguish the families go through and the heartbreaking decisions parents have to make... [Read More]

Stem cells could treat mitochondrial disease

20 July 2015 - by Julia Hill

Scientists in the USA have demonstrated how stem cell techniques may benefit people with incurable mitochondrial diseases. The research suggests it might be possible one day to replace diseased tissue in patients affected by the disorders... [Read More]

NHS plans artificial blood trials by 2017

29 June 2015 - by James Heather

The NHS has announced that it plans to begin testing laboratory-produced blood in healthy volunteers by 2017... [Read More]

New pain sensitivity gene identified

01 June 2015 - by Paul Waldron

Scientists studying people who are unable to feel pain have found a gene responsible for this rare condition... [Read More]

Nerve cells created from blood cells

26 May 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

Researchers have found a way to directly convert blood cells into nerve cells of both the central and peripheral nervous system.... [Read More]

Stem cells repair heart damage

26 May 2015 - by Paul Waldron

A particular type of stem cell found in the heart can repair damage caused by heart attacks in mice, according to research... [Read More]

New type of stem cell may help grow organs

11 May 2015 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch

Scientists have identified a new type of stem cell that shows distinct advantages over those discovered to date, and which could potentially be used to grow human organs in animals such as pigs or cows... [Read More]

Scientists probe the genetics of ageing

05 May 2015 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

A genetic driver of the ageing process has been discovered by creating cells that mimic Werner's syndrome, a very rare disease that causes premature ageing... [Read More]

Stem cell therapy for eye disease shows potential

05 May 2015 - by Dr Greg Ball

Retinal cells derived from human embryonic stem cells have been successfully transplanted into four Korean patients with macular degeneration... [Read More]

New stem cell type discovered

20 April 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan

A new type of stem cell has been discovered that has the ability to transform into a larger number of cell types than both human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells... [Read More]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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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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