August 5, 2013 |
For a $330,000 burger, taste testers thought the flavor fell a little flat. The hefty price tag, however, wasn't for some fancy, rare cut of meat. In fact, this meat had never so much as mooed in a previous life: It was beef grown in a laboratory. Dutch scientists Monday unveiled their ambitious research project, years in the making, with a public taste test of their cultured beef in London. Volunteer tasters sampled hamburger made from the lab-grown beef made from stem cells.
July 24, 2013 |
The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine , or CIRM, will vote Thursday on whether to move ahead with a five-year, $70-million plan to establish a network of stem cell clinics. According to a proposal posted on CIRM's website , the CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinics Network will be composed of up to five clinics in California, each affiliated with an established research institution and all designed to make it easier for researchers to conduct -- and for patients to find -- clinical trials of stem cell therapies.
July 3, 2013 |
Scientists trying to use stem cells to grow organs in the lab have been going about it the wrong way, Japanese researchers say. Instead of trying to make a fully functional organ to transplant into a patient, they should create an immature version and let it grow inside the patient's body. The researchers, from Yokohama City University, showed that their approach can make a human liver that performs essential liver tasks when placed inside a mouse. They described their experiments in a study published Wednesday by the journal Nature.
May 29, 2013 |
In 2004, with President George W. Bush dead set against stem cell research, California just went ahead and did it. Voters made stem cell research a state constitutional right, and endorsed $3 billion in bond sales for 10 years to cement the deal. CIRM, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine created under Proposition 71, has become a world center for stem cell research, and its president is Australian Alan Trounson, a pioneer in in vitro fertilization. As Proposition 71 approaches its 10-year anniversary, Trounson offers a prognosis.
May 19, 2013
Re "Stem cells are made by cloning method," May 16 Cloning a human serves no purpose, so the arguments against making stem cells using a cloning method are ludicrous. On the other hand, cloning organs makes sense - the rest is just jibber-jabber from Luddites. Mike Benbrook El Cajon ALSO: Letters: Dying but not wanting to know Letters: Addiction treatment that works Letters: Election billboard ads may backfire
May 17, 2013 |
A breakthrough in stem cell research has again raised the specter of human cloning. The discovery by a team at Oregon Health and Science University moves the world incrementally closer to that result, but its more immediate effect will be to spur efforts to regenerate healthy tissue for the injured and the ailing. Although it's reasonable to worry about where such a discovery may lead, those concerns shouldn't stop researchers from exploring the restorative properties of stem cells. The promise of stem cells is that they can develop into many different kinds of tissues rather than being locked into a specific cellular fate.