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.
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.