Engineers have developed a new technique to graft a biodegradable disc loaded with stem cells onto damaged eyes.
Human excreta could be a powerful source of cells to study disease, bypassing some of the problems of using stem cells.
The story of this extraordinary scientific discovery that has changed the way we think about human biology.
A patient’s own blood has been used to make personalised stem cells, which doctors hope will eventually be used to treat a range of diseases.
Unproven stem cell treatments behind an increase in international ‘stem cell tourism’ are also proliferating in Australia.
More TechNyou stuff on stem cell tourism
Stem cells in the adult pancreas have been identified that can be turned into insulin producing cells.
Stem cells donated by strangers proved as safe and effective as patients’ own cells for helping restore heart tissue.
A cautionary note to this study. It was a study done to asess safety only and done with small number of patients in each group and no controls. Another larger study with a different methodology and source of cell showed no improvement in heart function
See JAMA editorial
And this review of the review in Science Codex of the larger study
Here is a recent report on this research
It has also been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
Or more acurately, an overview of the use of stem cells to grow new organs and what progress we are making.
The discovery of a cell that is the “missing link” between bone marrow stem cells and all the cells of the human immune system will boost understanding of how our immune system functions