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Latest significant advancements in stem cell research. Reporting on the far-reaching impacts of stem cell research on society and humanity.

Biological Microchip Mimics a Real Lung – It Even Breathes!

Who says biology, engineering, and medicine are different fields? Researchers led by Dr. Donald Ingber at Harvard’s Wyss Institute reported in Science that they have engineered a coin-sized microchip that can be loaded...

I Can’t Believe The Hype – Beauty Products With Plant Stem Cells

The claims surrounding stem cell treatments are starting to get downright ridiculous. Case in point: so called stem cell technologies used in beauty products and herbal remedies. Various cosmetics lines have begun to market...

Report: Stem Cells Have Cured Blindness In Patients For Ten Years And Counting

Italian researchers have demonstrated the long term effectiveness of using stem cells to cure corneal blindness. From 1998 to 2006 the team, headed by Graziella Pellegrini at the University of Modena, performed 125 stem...

Stem Cell Experts Launch Site Warning Against Unregulated Clinics (video)

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is looking to grab the reins of the conversation about controversial stem cell clinics. They have just launched "A Closer Look At Stem Cell Treatments" a...

Bone Marrow Stem Cells Reverse Sickle Cell Disease

A revolutionary new procedure for stem cell transplant is reversing the effects of severe adult sickle cell disease. For years, adults suffering from sickle cell anemia have relied on consistent blood transfusions and...

Costa Rica Shuts Down Stem Cell Medical Tourism Destination

Costa Rica's Health Ministry has shut down the ICM Clinic (aka Cell Medicine), an enterprise that has served as a popular medical tourism site and treated more than 400 non-Costa Rican patients with stem...

Cord Blood Saves Life of Pakistani Boy In India (Video)

Shaheer Imran from Islamabad was treated for a rare blood disease thanks to the cord blood donations of two strangers in India. The toddler had Familial HLH, a typically fatal disorder that is usually...

Hans Keirstead Transforms Embryonic Stem Cells Into Retinas

Researchers at UC Irvine in California have succeeded in getting stem cells to differentiate into a retina. The work was recently published online in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods, and represents the first 3D...

New Surgical Technique Attempts to Re-grow Breasts After a Mastectomy (video)

Researchers at the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery in Melbourne, Australia are pioneering a radical new surgical procedure that would allow women to re-grow breasts after undergoing a mastectomy, a cancer treatment that removes...

Body’s Own Stem Cells Used To Grow Teeth in Mouth

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center may have found a way to replace missing teeth by having them regrown by stem cells in your mouth. Jeremy Mao, director of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative...

Stem Cells Injected into Heart, Visually Tracked For 12 Months

Research recently published in Circulation Review sheds some light on how human stem cells affect myocardial damage. Scientists studied the long term effects of stem cell therapies by introducing human cells into damaged mouse...

UC Irvine Stem Cell Research Center Set to Launch on Friday

Friday May 14th will mark another important day for ongoing research into human stem cells. The University of California at Irvine (UCI) is set to open the $80 million and 100,000+ square foot Sue...

Great Video of Jaw Bone Grown From Stem Cells

Researchers at Columbia University grabbed our attention last year when they managed to grow a fully viable section of the jawbone from human stem cells. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the more...

Donate Stem Cells, Save Someone’s Life (Video)

Your stem cells could save the life of a stranger. While being an organ and tissue donor has long held the promise of helping others, a (relatively) new kind of donation could let you...

Cord Blood Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy in Clinical Trial

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia have begun the first full scale clinical trial to test if stem cells from a child's own umbilical cord (autologous) can help treat Cerebral Palsy. CP, which...

Child Receives Trachea Organ Transplant Created With Own Stem Cells

Doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) along with colleagues at the University College London, the Royal Free Hospital, and Careggi University Hospital in Florence have successfully transplanted a trachea into a 10...

FDA Approval for Stem Cell Treatment Trials for Lou Gherig’s and Heart Disease

Stem cell treatments continue to gain ground in the United States. Louisiana based TCA Cellular Therapy has 6 FDA clinical trials in progress, the latest of which is the first approved US trial to...

Watch This 5 Minute Video Explain Why Stem Cell Research Has to Take so Long.

Hans Keirstead used embryonic stem cells to help paralyzed rats walk again. His research is the basis for the first FDA approved clinical trial for the use of embryonic stem cells (ESC) - currently...

Exclusive: Doctors Skirt FDA To Provide Human Stem Cell Therapy

The FDA has yet to approve stem cell therapies for general use in medicine, but that hasn't stopped doctors in Colorado from providing them anyway. Chris Centeno and John Schultz have boldly formed Regenerative...

Stem Cells Heal Dog on Local News. Will Humans Ever Get Their Turn? (video)

Chances are your dog has access to stem cell treatments more advanced than your own. A Fox News affiliate in Atlanta has picked up on a local story of a dog, named Behr, who...

ACT Gains FDA Approval For Embryonic Stem Cell Derived Therapy

Massachusetts based biotech company Advanced Cell Technology recently announced that the FDA has granted orphan drug status to MA09-hRPE - an embryonic stem cell derived treatment for a specific form of blindness (Stargardt's Macular...

Demand for Stem Cells Growing Fast, Many Turn to Medical Tourism

You can't keep a good thing down. When the US restricted stem cell research in the early part of the century that research didn't die, it emigrated. All over the world, scientists continued to...

Stem Cell Transplant Defeats HIV? Patient Still HIV Free After 2 Years

Add one more name to the ever growing list of diseases that have been defeated by stem cell treatments: HIV. That's right, according to a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine,...

Athersys Secures Stem Cell Patents and Stock Swells

Biopharmaceutical company Athersys (NASDAQ: ATHX) received a major boost in its stock price on February 10th, following the announcement that it had received US and European patents related to its MultiStem technology. Guess there's...

Mouse Skin Into Neurons Without Need for Pluripotent Stem Cells

Conventional wisdom tells us that you can't teach an old cell new tricks. Scientists at Stanford University, however, have been able to change adult mouse skin cells into mouse neurons. Unlike previous work with...

A Tale of Two Windpipes – Determining the Future of Organ Transplants

Two very different organ transplant stories highlight the amazing skills of surgeons, and the importance of stem cells for the future of surgery. Both transplants involved the trachea, women, and operations in Europe. In...

Artificial Meat Could Be On Your Table in 5 Years

From an economic and environmental perspective, meat has some problems. Animals consume a great deal of resources in their growth and they release a large amount of methane, a greenhouse gas. There's also the...

Harvard Grows Heart Tissue, Watches it Beat

It's Alive! Researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital have succeeded in taking embryonic stem cells from mice and growing cardiovascular tissue. The research team, led by Dr. Kenneth Chien, believes that...

Patient’s Own Stem Cells Used To Grow Facial Bones

A 14 year old boy's missing facial bones have been regrown with the help of his own stem cells.  The procedure, led by Jesse Taylor, MD, a surgeon and researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center,...

Stem Cells Used to Create New Jaw Bone

Like Samson, researchers in the field of stem cells have used the jawbone to make a point. Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic and her team at Columbia University have manipulated adult stem cells to grow one...

Fat From Liposuction May Be Good Source for Stem Cells

If you've been hunting for useful stem cells, look no further than your butt. Work done at Stanford University's School of Medicine in California, and recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy...

Should I Save My Child’s Cord Blood?

As if you didn't have enough to worry about, now you've got to figure out if storing your child's umbilical cord blood might just save his or her life. With the advent of amazing...

Stem Cell Treatments in Europe – Are They Real?

It's hard to get a good grasp on the quality of stem cell treatments in the world. There are so many treatments centers which are frauds that picking out the one or two that...

Artificial Blood: Coming Soon to An Artery Near You

Ask any vampire and she'll tell you, when it comes to blood there's nothing like the real thing. But as everyone who donates knows, hospitals and blood banks always seem to have dangerously low...

Geron Explains Why First Embryonic Stem Cell Clinical Trial is Stalled

As if waiting for eight years wasn't bad enough, we could see another few months pass before the first clinical trials for embryonic stem cells get underway. Geron (Nasdaq: GERN) won FDA approval for...

China: “We Don’t Use Executed Prisoners for Organs…Not Anymore”

The Chinese government has many strengths, but I don't think that international PR is one of them. In a report released from the Chinese Health Ministry, and reported in their nationalized press last week,...

Hungary Raids Illegal Stem Cell Treatment Center – Arrests Four

Cue up the theme to COPS, put on your muumuu, and get ready for another round of science behind bars. Four people were arrested in Hungary late last month on charges of "suspicion on...

Growing Mice From Stem Cells? The Real Story About The Stem Cell Breakthrough From Qi Zhou

Traditional media outlets have been tripping over each other this week with sensational titles such as "Chinese Scientists Reprogram Cells to Create Mice" to describe the work of Chinese stem cell researchers.  Indeed, the...

Why Your Dog Is Getting Better Stem Cell Treatment Than You

If you like controversy there's nothing that will bring you more joy than yelling "stem cell research" in a mixed crowd and then sadistically sneaking out of the room. The debate over the use...

Stem Cells Used to Grow Hearts: Cool New Pics and Vid

When you're heart is broken, you'll do anything to fix it. Even replace it with a pig heart. Scientists at...

Stem Cells Used to Grow Hearts: Cool Pics and Vid

When you're heart is broken, you'll do anything to fix it. Even replace it with a pig heart. Scientists at...

Giving Your Kidneys a Makeover: Stem Cells Cure Nephritis

Once upon a time, if you had a failing organ, you could pretty much consider it a death sentence. Then along came organ transplants, letting you swap out your defectives for slightly used...

From Dolly to Injaz: The Cloning Revolution Takes Off

Dolly was so 90's. Most of us are waiting for scientists to clone something awesome, like velociraptors or wholly mammoths... hell, even a giant sloth would be cool. But, to quote Dr....

Man Receives First US Double Hand Transplant

Ten years ago, Jeff Kepner lost both his hands and feet to a bacterial infection. Today, he is recovering from the first US double hand transplant surgery. Soon, he'll be able to...

A Clinical Cure for Blindness Using Stem Cells

Old age is bliss.  There’s a nest egg in the bank account and nothing needs to be done but spoil the grandchildren and watch Judge Judy.  But, like a bad episode of the Twilight...

Crohn’s Disease Cured By Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell transplant therapy has successfully cured patients suffering from Crohn's disease, a terrible disease that afflicts an estimated 600,000 people in North America and millions more worldwide.  Success in treating Crohn's disease is...

Skin Cells Reprogrammed Into Beating Heart Tissue

Imagine a future when your aging organs - a failing liver, or a brain degenerated by Alzheimer's disease - could be repaired using cells from other parts of your body.  That dream came closer...

Stem Cell Therapy Must Continue In Spite of Cancer Setback

The first known report of a brain tumor resulting directly from neural stem cell therapy was published yesterday.  The report is a fresh reality check against worldwide hopes for life saving stem cell therapies...

Geron CEO Speaks About the Promise of Stem Cell Therapy, Great Damage Done By Bush Presidency

We just uncovered this awesome 3 minute video of Geron CEO Thomas Okarma explaining the promise of stem cell therapy as well as the damage that has been done by the Bush administration over...

FDA OKs 1st Embryonic Stem Cell Trial for Geron, Stock Skyrockets

The first clinical human trial using embryonic stem cells as a medical treatment in the United States has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Roughly ten patients will be treated about...

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