Scots print stem cells

Scientists in Scotland have come up with a method of creating 3D printers which can make human stem cells.

Step toward fountain of youth?

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, say they've been able to turn back the molecular clock by infusing the blood stem cells of old mice with a longevity gene - bringing back the stem cells' ability to regenerate.

New stem cell technique restores sight to blind mice

Oxford University researchers have transplanted developing cells into the eyes of completely blind mice to re-form the entire light-sensitive layer of the retina.

Stem cell pioneers win Nobel prize

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Britain's Sir John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan for their discovery that mature, specialised cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent stem cells.

Beating heart muscle created from heart patients' skin

Scientists have for the first time been able to take skin cells from heart patients and turn them into healthy heart muscle cells that can integrate with existing heart tissue.

Engineered stem cells kill HIV

UCLA researchers say they've shown that genetically engineered stem cells can attack HIV-infected cells in a living organism.

Baby monkeys created by 'mixing' embryos

Researchers have produced the first 'chimeric' monkeys, created from stem cells from two or more separate embryos.

Stem cell injections reverse aging in mice

Mice bred to age too quickly lived up to three times as long when injected with stem cells from younger mice, raising the possibility that the normal ageing process could one day be slowed.

Team creates 'human-on-a-chip'

Researchers have for the first time used stem cells to grow neuromuscular junctions between human muscle cells and human spinal cord cells - the key connectors used by the brain to communicate and control muscles in the body.

Stem cells created by cloning human eggs

Scientists have for the first time derived embryonic stem cells from individual patients, raising the possibility of personalised genetic treatments.

Stem cells used to grow new teeth

Scientists from Japan recently published a paper that details how they successfully grew new teeth from the stem cells of mice.

Stem cell research cleared for federal funding

Scientists have applauded a decision by the US Federal Court of Appeals to overturn an August 2010 ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

European stem-cell research under threat

Leading medical scientists say they are appalled by a ruling from a French judge that they say threatens the development of embryonic stem cell-based therapies.

Lab-grown retina offers transplant hope

Japanese researchers have succeeded in persuading mouse stem cells to grow into a synthetic retina autonomously.

Reprogrammed stem cells could cause cancer

The use of reprogrammed stem cells for medical treatments is looking doubtful, with the discovery that such cells can lead to genomic abberations which could cause cancer.

Grow your own transplant - a possibility for men with diabetes

Men that have type 1 diabetes might be able to grow insulin-producing cells from their testicular tissue.

Women? Who needs 'em...?

We women can no longer take comfort from the fact that we'll always be necessary for the reproduction of the species: geneticists have succeeded in creating viable male and female mice from two fathers.

Canadian team turns skin into blood

Scientists at Canada's McMaster University have discovered how to make human blood directly from a patient's own skin.

University of Michigan grows stem cells despite federal ban

You can keep medical innovation down on a federal level, but you can’t keep the Wolverines down at the state level. Yes, the mighty mustelid doctors have created Michigan’s first human stem cell line.

Costa Rica clamps down on dodgy stem cell treatments

Costa Rica has put an end to stem cell tourism, saying there's no evidence that the treatments work or are even safe.