Hey, buddy? They have stem cells for that.
Gentleman, I feel for you. When you lose your hair, society wants you to think that your virility and health are rapidly fading and soon you'll be a specter at death's door. Thankfully, science may finally have done what creams, pills, implants and prayers have not been able to, and discovered a cure for hair loss.Read More
So stem cells are just regular cells on acid. Am I doing it right?
Stem cells have amazing implications for medicine and genetics, but they've been bogged down for a long time in ethical debates and difficult cultivation procedures. That may all end with a new technique for creating stem cells by dipping any old cell in acid, which is way better than if dipping them in acid created a bunch of microscopic Two-Faces.Read More
Sperm brought you into this world, and sperm will keep you here.
Though we may sometimes curse the speed of sperm (sorry Mom, Dad), tiny bio-bots that mimic the flagellar movement of natures' lil' swimmers and are powered by the contractions of heart cells may be the next step in fighting cancer and other common illnesses. In other words, when our heart and sperm work together as one, we ill be unstoppable.Read More
The liver buds continue to grow in mouse transplant subjects, suggesting they could one day help to save human lives.
Researchers at Japan's Yokohama City University have reported in Nature this week that they have used stem cells to create human liver buds that continue to grow and perform the organ's normal functions when transplanted into mice. In experiments, the lab-grown liver-ettes even helped to stave off death in mice suffering from liver failure. Though a preliminary step that may not see practical application for years, this represents a major discovery that shows promise for growing human organs from scratch for use in organ transplants.Read More
In a scientific first, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have created cloned human embryos they can use to harvest embryonic stem cells for human transplant. The long-sought advance -- which has the potential to make stem cell therapies safer and less prone to rejection -- has been the goal of many stem cell researchers for years, and will no doubt prove controversial, but could have the capability to drive the next stage of development in human stem cell therapies that could one day prove capable of of treating a vast range of diseases.Read More
A team at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has seemingly cured epileptic seizures in mice suffering from the disease by injecting a dose of specialized cells directly into their brains. The work could pave the way for similar cell therapy procedures to one day treat the same disease in humans.Read More
Researchers at the Free University of Belgium have unveiled what could be the new cool thing in the growing field of regenerative medicine -- an implantable thyroid gland grown from stem cells. The thyroid, implanted in a mouse test subject for trials, even produced hormones as it was meant to, which is important because, well, it's most of what the thyroid does, and if a replacement doesn't do that, it's not a very good replacement. But this one does, and may be, respectively, which is super cool in an abstract sense and even more so if you're a family member of on of the millions of people affected by poorly functioning thyroid gland.Read More
Our understanding of cancer and tumors has grown tremendously over the years. Ways to help prevent, diagnose, and treat a variety of cancers have cropped up over time, but we still haven't been able to eliminate it at the source. That may very well change as we continue to investigate a recent series of experiments. A group of researchers have tracked cancerous growth in mice back to a specific subset of cells for skin cancer, brain cancer, and stomach cancer.Read More
An African student living Iceland has been the first to receive a transplanted organ grown entirely from his own cells. In this case, the patient's trachea was ravaged by throat cancer, requiring a replacement. Instead of wading through the tedious donor process, doctors opted instead to grow the organ from the patient's stem cells. The new organ was grown in a mere two days.Read More
Jörg C. Gerlach has invented a revolutionary technique for regenerating skin after severe burns that makes perfect sense to us. After all, airbrushing works so well in Photoshop, why shouldn't airbrushing stem cells directly onto burn sites work in real life? We've posted the video behind the jump because it's got some pretty graphic pictures of burned skin in various states of healing. International viewers can find a video here.Read More
Exciting news: Researchers have commenced the first human clinical trial for embryonic stem cell therapy. On Friday, they injected human stem cells into a patient with a spinal injury, probing the possible use of stem cells to restore the ability to walk and to give greater control of bodily functions. Should the results of this limited-scale human trial prove safe, not leading to pain or tumor growth, scientists will be able to test the efficacy of human stem-cell treatment.Read More
Last year, President Obama issued an executive order to remove "limitations on scientific inquiry" affecting human embryonic and non-embryonic stem cell research. Yesterday, a federal judge named Royce C. Lamberth may have slapped those limitations back on when he ruled against Obama's order, saying that it violated a law first passed in 1996 and renewed each year since that bans "research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death."
Judge Lamberth issued a temporary injunction that returns federal policy to the "status quo" -- only nobody knows what that means, and the distinction is not a trivial one for many scientists whose work involves embryonic stem cells:Read More