‘Stem cells’ approved to mend human hearts for first time
Scientists in Japan now have permission to treat people who have heart disease with cells produced by a revolutionary reprogramming technique. The study published in the journal Nature is only the second clinical application of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.
Doctors cure seven adult patients of sickle cell disease using stem cells
Doctors at the University of Illinois Hospital have cured seven adult patients of sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder primarily affecting the black community...
First mature human heart muscle grown from patient-specific stem cells
Scientists have grown the first human heart muscle that functions just like an adult's would. Instead of the nine months it takes for a baby's heart to develop in the womb, they grew a functioning heart from stem cells in just four weeks. Although researchers can grow many tissues, including the heart muscle, from stem…
Reprogrammed stem cells relieve Parkinson's symptoms in trials
Japanese researchers report promising results from an experimental therapy for Parkinson’s disease that involves implanting neurons made from ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells into the brain.
Scientists rejuvenate old hearts by injecting younger stem cells
Scientists have successfully reversed ageing in rats' hearts - paving the way to a treatment for humans. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, United States...