Induced Stem Cells Will Be Tested on Humans for the First Time

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,… » 9/10/14 6:03pm 9/10/14 6:03pm

There Are Cells Inside Teeth That Can Turn Back Into Stem Cells

Inside each of our hard, calcified teeth is a small population of living stem cells that can differentiate into many types of tissue. The origin of those stem cells has long been unknown, but scientists may now have a completely surprising answer: Cells of the nervous system can migrate into the middle of a tooth and… » 7/31/14 2:10pm 7/31/14 2:10pm

Stem Cell Researchers Just Figured Out How to Create New Embryos

A team of researchers from the University of Virginia just made scientific history: They figured out how to turn stem cells into full blown fish embryos. In other words, scientists can now control embryonic development, a key to being able to grow organs and even entire organism from stem cells. » 4/04/14 7:20pm 4/04/14 7:20pm

Scientists Cured Paralysis in Mice with Stem Cells and Lasers

This is wild. Chasing the elusive dream of curing paralysis, a team of scientists used stem cells and optogenetics to circumvent the central motor system of lab mice whose nerves had been cut. This enabled them to blast individual motor neurons with a laser, triggering movement in the legs of the mice. » 4/03/14 6:45pm 4/03/14 6:45pm

A Lady Grew Bones in Her Eyelids Because of a Dangerous New Surgery

Eternal youth doesn't come cheap. No one knows this better than a Los Angeles woman who underwent a non-FDA approved cosmetic eye surgery using stem cells. Unwanted side effects include: pain, a clicking sound in her eyelid "like a tiny castanet snapping shut," and last—but certainly not least—spontaneous bone growth… » 12/19/12 6:20pm 12/19/12 6:20pm

Scientists Can Now Grow Functioning Liver From Stem Cells

Scientists have promised a lot of regenerative medicine will come from stem cells, but so far progress has been fairly slow: they can stimualte regrowth of heart tissue, make incredibly expesnive artifical blood, or—at best—construct a short piece of vein. Now, though, scientists are claiming they can grow functional… » 6/21/12 6:23am 6/21/12 6:23am