If you're still not convinced that stem cells are the future of medicine, try this on for size: Japanese researchers have used them to synthesize a fully functioning organ entirely from scratch.
We're not even at the point where we're allowed to get all up in people's stem cells to help cure diseases, but researchers are already thinking ahead to how we can use stem cells to treat genetic diseases, which should be impossible. Or, it was impossible, until we just did it.
Rats with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes have been completely cured of the disease, using neuronal stem cells that have been modified to produce insulin. This approach should work in humans, too, and all it involves is shoving a needle up your nose into your brain. Yay!
The stem cell research debate included lots of promises about how we would be able to get new body parts grown in a lab, and now it's actually happening. Last month a Swedish cancer patient had this rather gross looking artificial trachea implanted, just after it had been grown in a lab using the man's own stem cells.
Well, this is amazing: a new medical technique to treat burns involves spraying the affected area with the victims own stem cells, which results in major burns healing in a matter of days.
Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, have come up with a revolutionary treatment for corneal disease that involves growing stem cells from the patient on a contact lens. After ten days, the lens is then...
Blood drives and the entire concept of blood donation may soon be a thing of the past if some British scientists have their way. They're working on developing synthetic human blood that can be manufactured en masse and used on...