Posts Tagged: Cells

Stem cell research is still very controversial, so why do we want to use stem cells in the first place? Why are they so useful, and what can they do?

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Researchers Grow Tiny Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells
http://www.popsci.com/researchers-grow-first-ever-beating-hearts-stem-cells
“Stem cells, the jack-of-all-trades building blocks of human tissues, have yet another application in biology research: scientists have been able to grow them into beating cardiac tissue.”

Key Moments in the Stem-Cell Debate
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5252449
“The first embryonic stem cells were isolated in mice in 1981. But it wasn’t until 1998 that researchers managed to derive stem cells from human embryos. That kicked into full gear an ethical debate that continues to this day.”

Stem cell timeline: The history of a medical sensation
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24970-stem-cell-timeline-the-history-of-a-medical-sensation/
“Stem cells are the cellular putty from which all tissues of the body are made. Ever since human embryonic stem cells were first grown in the lab, researchers have dreamed of using them to repair damaged tissue or create new organs, but such medical uses have also attracted controversy.”
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Liz Bonnin investigates new stem-cell research that could change the face of organ transplant surgery. Absorbing clip from series 5 of BBC 1 series Bang Goes the Theory

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Calling them “our bodies’ own repair kits,” Susan Solomon advocates research using lab-grown stem cells. By growing individual pluripotent stem cell lines, her team creates testbeds that could accelerate research into curing diseases — and perhaps lead to individualized treatment, targeted not just to a particular disease but a particular person.

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Human embryonic stem cell research is incredibly controversial, and the current law says we can only study them for 14 days. Why is this?

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Human Embryo Grown in Lab
http://news.discovery.com/tech/biotechnology/human-embryo-grown-in-lab-160505.htm
“Scientists reported Wednesday they had grown human embryos in the lab for nearly two weeks, an unprecedented feat that promises advances in assisted reproduction, stem-cell therapies and the basic understanding of how human beings form.”

Advance in Human Embryo Research Rekindles Ethical Debate
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/04/476539552/advance-in-human-embryo-research-rekindles-ethical-debate
“Scientists have been able to make and study human embryos in their labs for decades. But they have never been able to keep them alive outside a woman’s womb for more than about a week. That limitation meant scientists were unable to conduct a range of detailed research into early human development.”

Parkinson’s Stem Cell ‘Breakthrough’
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29935449
“Stem cells can be used to heal the damage in the brain caused by Parkinson’s disease, according to scientists in Sweden. They said their study on rats heralded a “huge breakthrough” towards developing effective treatments. There is no cure for the disease, but medication and brain stimulation can alleviate symptoms.”

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What are stem cells? – An short educational film by the Irish Stem Cell Foundation

Stem cells are master cells of the body — want to learn more? Visit www.irishstemcellfoundation.org

ISCF is an independent not-for-profit organisation whose primary objective is to educate about stem cells, their basic biology and the research and therapies using them.

The Foundation will initially focus on education outreach programs, hoping to address the growing problem of bogus stem cell scams being offered to Irish patients over the internet. The Foundation will also assist the development of Irish policy and legislature in this area of medicine and science, ensuring Ireland is informed.

The Foundation consists of a broad range of people including Irish doctors, scientists, patient advocates, educators, bioethicists and other associated parties seeking to expand and develop the Irish public’s understanding of stem cells.

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