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. Read More >>

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. Read More >>

Retracted: Study That Found Acid Converts Blood Cells Into Stem Cells

A Japanese scientist who published a study trumpeted as a groundbreaking advancement in stem cell biology is now asking that it be retracted. Read More >>

Scientists Use Acid to Turn Blood Cells into Stem Cells in 30 Seconds

This is a game changer, folks. Whereas mining stem cells has been either an ethical quandary or a months-long affair, scientist can now turn any old blood cells into stem cells in just 30 seconds—by dipping them in acid. Read More >>

Scientists Just Took a Huge Step Towards Curing Baldness

Hair plugs, comb overs and toupées beware; a team of researchers from Columbia has developed a way to induce new human hair growth for the first time ever. It’s not just the fact that they can just grow hair that’s so exciting, though. It’s that they can grow your hair. Read More >>

The World's First Lab-Grown Meat Burger Tastes Terrible (Surprise!)

BBC correspondent Pallab Ghosh was present at the meat's inaugural tasting event, and live-tweeted the tasters metered reaction to the lab-grown meat. Read More >>

The World's First Test-Tube Burger Was Funded By Google's Sergey Brin

The super-secret bankroller of the world's first lab-grown stem cell burger, which'll be cooked and taste tested in London this afternoon,has been revealed as none-other than Google's billionaire co-founder, Sergey Brin. It seems self-driving cars, space mining, and Google Glass just aren't enough future for him. Read More >>

The World's First Test-Tube Burger Will Be Taste Tested in London Next Week

Finally, after much waiting, debating, and salivating at the thought of a tasty-looking hunk of cow-suffering-free burger, the first ever lab-grown burger patty, costing £250,000 will be served at an "exclusive west London venue" next Monday. The possible future of meat is finally here. Read More >>

A Human Stem Cell Has Been Cloned For the First Time

Almost two decades ago, scientists succeeded in cloning Dolly the sheep. Now, the same process has been allowed scientists to clone embryonic stem cells from fetal human skin cells for the very first time. There are no more barriers between us and creating human clones. Read More >>

Engineering 3D-Printed Stem Cells

While much has been said on the topic of 3D printing within the context of the maker movement, it is in the medical world where arguably the most important advances are being made. Scientists at the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland have recently proven they can print human embryonic stem cells, a breakthrough which has the potential to revolutionise organ replacement in the coming years. Read More >>

Scientists Can Now Make Brain Cells From Urine

You can generate electricity from it, use it to heat your home, or even play video games with it. Urine is a versatile thing indeed—and now scientists can make brain cells from it. Read More >>

Scientists Create Healthy Mice Using Eggs Made From Stem Cells

A team of Japanese scientists has managed to turn mouse stem cells into viable eggs—that can be inseminated and go on to produce normal, healthy mouse pups. The finding has massive implications for the development of infertility treatments in the future. Read More >>

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 stimulate regrowth of heart tissue; make incredibly expensive artifical blood, or—at best—construct a short piece of vein. Now, though, scientists are claiming they can grow functional liver. Read More >>

Can Stem Cells Finally Provide a Baldness Cure That Works?

There has been no shortage of baldness cures over the ages, but they all share one thing in common: none of them really work. Now, a team of scientists has used stem cell therapy to give a hairless mouse a mohawk. There is hope yet. Read More >>

Researchers Squeeze Blood Proteins from Rice

Human Serum Albumin (HSA) is a protein commonly used in vaccines and often administered for serious burn injuries and liver disease and commonly in short supply due to a lack of donors. That's why researchers from Wuhan University have figured out how to grow it—not in people, but in rice. Read More >>

Lego Blocks Plus Smartphone Equals Super Smart Petri Dish

Caltech engineers built an ingenious Petri dish from Lego blocks that uses a cell phone image sensor and a smartphone light to send pictures of what's happening inside the dish directly to scientists' laptops. Read More >>


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