Stem Cells


Nasal growth found on woman’s back after stem-cell treatment

Xavier Symons | 18 July 2014 | Comments
tags: clinical ethics, clinical trials, stem cells
A Portuguese stem-cell trial gone wrong has resulted in a woman developing a nasal growth on her back.

Last act in stem cell research tragedy

Michael Cook | 05 July 2014 | Comments
tags: Nature, research misconduct, retractions, stem cells
Nature has retracted a paper and a letter, both published in January, which claimed that physical perturbation of cells could create genetic effects.

Japanese stem cell researcher agrees to retract one of her papers

Michael Cook | 30 May 2014 | Comments
tags: scientific misconduct, stem cells
Haruko Obokata reportedly has told co-authors on the paper on stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells that she was prepared to retract it.

Japanese stem cell researcher denied appeal

Michael Cook | 10 May 2014 | Comments
tags: academic misconduct, stem cells
The Icarus-like rise of Japanese stem cell research Haruko Obokata has ended with a gigantic splash.

Stem cell company becomes political bombshell in Italy

Michael Cook | 03 May 2014 | Comments
tags: Italy, stem cells
The case of Davide Vannoni, head of the stem cell therapy company Stamina Foundation, is turning into an election issue.

Tearful apology from Obokata

Michael Cook | 11 April 2014 | Comments
tags: scientific misconduct, stem cells
The Japanese woman at the centre of the latest stem cell scandal, Haruko Obokata, has apologised tearfully for her “carelessness, ignorance and immaturity”.

Stem cell debacle déjà vu

Michael Cook | 06 April 2014 | Comments
tags: research ethics, research misconduct, stem cell ethics, stem cells
Once again, a promising method comes unstuck after allegations of scientific misconduct.

More stem cell fraud allegations: why?

Michael Cook | 05 April 2014 | Comments
tags: peer review, research ethics, stem cells
How could a 30-year-old junior researcher at a leading institute report incredible results in the world’s leading science journal despite dubious data?

“Therapeutic cloning” back on the boil

Michael Cook | 29 March 2014 | Comments
tags: cloning, stem cells, therapeutic cloning
The latest development comes with a bundle of ethical problems.

Are totipotent cells really embryos?

Michael Cook | 14 March 2014 | Comments
tags: embryonic stem cells, stem cells
Stem cells are stem cells, says an expert. They are not and cannot be embryos.

Doubts mount about new stem cell paper

Michael Cook | 13 March 2014 | Comments
tags: stem cells
The world’s leading science journal, Nature, may end up with egg on its face as complaints mount about a recent paper on a radical new method of creating pluripotent stem cells.

Germany: another stem cell controversy tarnishes the field

Michael Cook | 01 March 2014 | Comments
tags: Germany, research misconduct, stem cells
Doubt cast on daring claims by cardiologist

New STAP stem cells questioned

Michael Cook | 16 February 2014 | Comments
tags: STAP cells, stem cells
After the high tide of enthusiasm comes the ebb tide of scepticism.

Stunning discovery creates ethical stem cells

Michael Cook | 31 January 2014 | Comments
tags: STAP cells, stem cell ethics, stem cells
Immersing cells in acid creates pluripotent stem cells? Who could believe that? But it could be the future.

Scientists overcome roadblock to therapeutic use of stem-cells

Xavier Symons | 21 September 2013 | Comments
tags: iPS cells, stem cells
Israeli researchers have made a major breakthrough in the search for an efficient method of producing induced pluripotent stem cells.

Approval for world’s first iPS cell clinical trial with humans

Xavier Symons | 11 August 2013 | Comments
tags: iPS cells, stem cells
A Japanese research group will shortly begin the world's first clinical study using induced pluripotent stem cells.

Urine-derived stem cells used to grow teeth

Xavier Symons | 03 August 2013 | Comments
tags: stem cells
A recent study published by American stem cell scientists says that a promising new source of stem cells is urine.

Chinese scientists find new method of reprogramming cells

Michael Cook | 21 July 2013 | Comments
tags: CiPSC, stem cells
Chinese scientists have created induced pluripotent (iPS) cells by adding chemicals but not extra genes that might cause mutations or cancer.

Scientists grow primitive liver from pluripotent stem cells

Xavier Symons | 13 July 2013 | Comments
tags: iPS cells, stem cells
Japanese scientists may have found the way to address the global organ transplant shortage.

Bioengineered kidneys could help alleviate organ shortage

Xavier Symons | 27 April 2013 | Comments
tags: bioengineering, organ transplants, stem cells
Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have created bioengineered rat kidneys which successfully filter blood and produce urine. If the technique works with humans, it could do away with the need for donor kidneys.

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