Back in 2006, when controversy over embryonic stem cell funding was still raging, a piece of research came along that would make the debate essentially obsolete: normal adult cells can actually be reprogrammed into stem cells. No embryos necessary. The technique went on to win its inventor the Nobel Prize. And now,…
In a major scientific first, a team of developmental biologists has built a functional mouse heart from human tissues. The results herald a future where specific patches of heart muscle – or even the whole organ – could be grown for transplantation.
Thank the gods. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court had the good sense to ignore a case that would have prevented the government from funding embryonic stem cell research. Here's why their decision was a very good idea.
On Monday, Cambridge biologist Sir John Gurdon was awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his revolutionary work in the field of stem cell research. Featured here is an excerpt from his high school report card in the subject of biology, circa 1949. (The original report is pictured below.) Gurdon claims…
In 1962, Cambridge biologist John Gurdon proved the impossible possible by demonstrating that a fully developed cell, taken from the intestine an adult frog, contained all the genetic information necessary to give rise to an entirely new frog.
In the emerging field of regenerative medicine, some of the most promising developments revolve around so called "pluripotent cells" — cells like embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) that can develop into just about any type of cell in your body.