Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells without Added Genes

By Wesley j. Smith The progress on induced pluripotent stem cells continues. Until now, the only way to turn a skin cell into a stem cell was to use genes to “reprogram” the cell. Now, it has been done with chemicals in mouse studies. From the Nature story: Scientists have demonstrated a new way to …

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GROWING HUMAN LIVER TISSUE FROM IPS CELLS

By David Prentice and Andrew Mullins Editor’s note. iPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells) are made by adding a few genes to a normal cell such as a skin cell, causing the normal cell to look and act like an embryonic stem cell, yet without use of embryos, eggs, or cloning technology. They are not …

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AFP Report on ‘Potential Breakthrough’ Flags Embryonic Stem Cell Research As Unnecessary

By Tom Blumer An unbylined Agence France-Presse report Wednesday opens by telling readers that Japanese researchers “have succeeded in growing human kidney tissue from stem cells for the first time, in a potential first step towards helping millions who depend on dialysis.” Another version of the report at another website identifies the reporter as Harumi …

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A Peak of Reality at the World Stem Cell Summit

By David Prentice This year the World Stem Cell Summit was held in West Palm Beach, Florida.  It’s an annual event originally intended to hype the “potential” of embryonic stem cells to cure all known maladies. It was started years ago and continues to be promoted by some of the leading cheerleaders for embryonic stem …

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More evidence that when compelled to look elsewhere, scientists readily find acceptable alternatives to embryonic stem cells

By Dave Andrusko A report in today’s Guardian newspaper is just the latest evidence that when researchers are compelled to find stem cells sources other than human embryos, they benefit twice over. First, since human embryonic stem cells have no proven track record to date, resources are not wasted. Second, the need to look elsewhere …

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Dr. Yamanaka’s Magnificent Contributions win him Nobel Prize

By Dave Andrusko twitter.com/daveha Time has gotten away from me today, but I still want to write something in the way of a follow up to the two stories we ran yesterday about Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, a co-winner of a Nobel Prize. In an ingenious fashion whose results were initially greeted with great skepticism, Yamanaka …

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Functional Liver Cells Made from Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith Good news on the IPSC front.  Scientists have created working liver cells from skin cells. From the MSNBC story: “British scientists have developed a new stem cell technique for growing working liver cells which could eventually avoid the need for costly and risky liver transplants. A team of researchers led by …

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