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  • Position Yourself for Big Returns in the Stem Cell Space: Jason Kolbert

    05/15/2013 3:34:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    The Life Sciences Report ^ | May 13th, 2013 | George S. Mack
    This interview was conducted by George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report (5/10/13) Stem cell companies have languished long enough in micro-cap territory. The industry is now approaching highly visible phase 2 and phase 3 catalysts that will produce results never before seen in medicine. Managing Director and Senior Biotechnology Analyst Jason Kolbert of the Maxim Group has staked out a select group of nascent cell therapy companies positioned to reap huge gains for investors willing to diversify. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Kolbert reflects on the regenerative medicine space following the recent RegenMed Investor Day...
  • Scam Cell - California’s embryonic stem-cell research institute fails to deliver.

    03/23/2013 4:52:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    City Journal ^ | 14 March 2013 | LLOYD BILLINGSLEY
    The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state’s controversial, $3 billion stem-cell research agency, has yet to follow recommendations from a December report by the Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academy of Sciences. The report, which urged the agency to overhaul its board of directors, did not fully convey the magnitude of CIRM’s failure—but it did confirm that CIRM might be better described as Conflict of Interest Research Money. Almost all members of the CIRM board, investigators noted, “are interested parties with a personal or financial stake in the allocation of CIRM fundings.” In fact, CIRM directed...
  • President Obama and the Embryonic Backfire

    11/08/2012 12:54:57 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies | November 7, 2012 | Robin L. Smith
    Here's the link.
  • Stem Cell Opponents Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

    10/11/2012 4:08:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 11 October 2012 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Two scientists who have fought a 3-year, losing court battle to block federal funding for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research have now taken their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Yesterday, attorneys for the plaintiffs in Sherley v. Sebelius filed what's known as a writ of certiorari with the land's highest court. In their 36-page petition(PDF), they ask the court to consider two questions that were raised when a federal appeals court ruled against them in August. One is whether the appeals court should have relied on its own earlier, split decision finding that federally funded hESC research doesn't...
  • Stem Cell Treatment for Eye Diseases Shows Promise

    01/25/2012 12:51:34 AM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 23, 2012 | ANDREW POLLACK
    A treatment for eye diseases that is derived from human embryonic stem cells might have improved the vision of two patients, bolstering the beleaguered field, researchers reported Monday. Dr. Steven Schwartz, a retina specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles, conducted the trial with two patients. Sue Freeman said her vision improved in a meaningful way after the treatment, which used embryonic stem cells. The report, published online in the medical journal The Lancet, is the first to describe the effect on patients of a therapy involving human embryonic stem cells. The paper comes two months after the Geron...
  • Stem Cells, Life, and the Law - A federal court steps into the debate.

    08/25/2010 9:48:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 25, 2010 | Adam Keiper & Yuval Levin
    Stem Cells, Life, and the LawA federal court steps into the debate. Monday’s decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia halting all federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research is a surprising milestone in the decade-long debate over this morally fraught field — and another opportunity to make the case that medical research must proceed hand-in-hand with respect for life and human dignity. First, a little background. Human embryonic stem cells, which many scientists hope will someday lead to new therapies for a range of diseases, can be obtained only through the destruction of human embryos. But...
  • Playing Politics with Stem Cells

    08/08/2010 11:25:37 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 08, 2010 | By Gene Tarne and David Prentice
    When scientists play politics with science, society and science both suffer, sometimes with life-threatening implications.  One recent example is Climategate, with revelations that leading global warming researchers played with the data, concealed and tried to suppress data that challenged their assertions and attempted to game the peer-review system.  And as a result of scientists caught playing politics with science, claims of man-made global warming have been met with growing skepticism. But a similar scenario has played out regarding human embryonic stem cell research (hESCR),  With the introduction of legislation to codify the Obama administration's rules expanding the federal role in...
  • iPS cells: potent stuff

    12/31/2009 1:00:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies · 316+ views
    Nature Methods ^ | 21 December 2009 | Monya Baker
    Monya Baker is Technology Editor at Nature and Nature Methods Correspondence to: Monya Baker1 e-mail: Abstract Now that the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells is becoming routine, researchers can get on to the more exciting prospect of using the cells to make discoveries in disease and basic biology. Monya Baker reports. Introduction As Shinya Yamanaka finished the experiments that would win him the 2009 Lasker prize, a stem-cell fraud was prominent in his thoughts. In 2005, Woo Suk Hwang had rocketed to star status for reportedly developing a technique to generate human embryonic stem (ES) cells genetically matched...
  • Critics Slam N.Y. Plan to Pay Women to Donate Eggs for Stem Cell Research

    07/31/2009 12:34:24 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 493+ views ^ | July 30, 2009 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The decision to offer New York women up to $10,000 to donate their eggs for stem cell research, payable by taxpayers, is "incredibly irresponsible and immoral," critics told New York's decision to offer women in the state up to $10,000 to donate their eggs for stem cell research, payable by taxpayers, is "incredibly irresponsible and immoral," critics told Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, said the move -- the first of its kind nationwide -- treats women as "commodities, almost like cows" and could lead to cash-strapped women in other states to partake in similar programs....
  • The Grail Searchers (science shows that an embryo is a human being)

    07/20/2009 8:29:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 635+ views
    National Review ^ | 7/20/2009 | Maureen Condic, Patrick Lee, and Robert P. George
    “The development of a human being begins with fertilization, a process by which the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote.” — Langman’s Medical Embryology, 7th edition, 1995 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For people who advocate the killing of embryonic human beings in the cause of biomedical research, the Holy Grail is an argument that would definitively establish that the human embryo, at least early in its development, is not a living human organism and therefore not a human being at all. The problem for these advocates is that all...
  • Do Skin Cells Have Souls? The debate over stem cells is back, and better than ever.

    07/08/2009 7:40:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,686+ views
    Reason ^ | July 7, 2009 | Ronald Bailey
    Less than two years ago, it looked like the ethical debate over human embryonic stem cells might be coming to an end. In November 2007, two research groups, one at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and another at Kyoto University in Japan, announced that they had succeeded in directly reprogramming human skin cells into stem cells. Earlier this year, Canadian and British researchers reported even better news. They have developed a new way to create such cells without using viruses, which pose a risk of producing tumors by damaging the transformed cells' genes. Yesterday, as many as 700 new stem cell...
  • Scientists Find Heart Stem Cells

    07/04/2009 3:46:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 1,468+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 2 July 2009 | Constance Holden
    SVC = superior vena cavaAo = aortaPA = pulmonary arteryPV = pulmonary veinRA = right atriumLA = left atriumLV = left ventricleRV = right ventricle Enlarge ImageKey to the heart? Scientists have identified what they say are the heart's "master" stem cells.Credit: Lei Bu et al., Nature 460, 113 (2009) Scientists have identified a cardiac stem cell that gives rise to all of the major cell types in the human heart. The find opens the way to using patients' own cells to heal their damaged hearts. The cells in question express a protein, called Islet 1, which is present in...
  • The cell that might save sight - Why stem-cell therapy could start with the eyes

    06/19/2009 12:48:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 936+ views
    Nature Reports Stem Cells ^ | 11 June 2009 | Amber Dance
    Look to the retina as a likely site for the first success in stem-cell therapy. "The eye is the best place to test proof-of-concept for stem cell-based therapies," says Martin Friedlander of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Friedlander is co-founder of EyeCyte, also in La Jolla, whose investors include industry heavyweight Pfizer. Several laboratories are exploring stem-cell-derived transplants to delay or prevent blindness, and Pfizer recently put up funds for a project nearing human trials at University College London (UCL). Why the eye appeal? As organs go, it is easily accessible, somewhat protected from the immune system's...
  • Protein in stem cells 'linked to cancer'

    06/10/2009 3:25:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 530+ views
    Times of India ^ | 8 Jun 2009 | NA
    WASHINGTON: Scientists have found that a protein abundant in embryonic stem cells plays a major role in cancer, which they claim offers a possible new target for drug development. A team at the Stem Cell Program at Children's Hospital Boston, led by Indian-origin scientist Srinivas Viswanathan, has discovered that LIN28 protein can transform cells to a cancerous state, and that it is abundant in a variety of advanced human cancers like liver cancer and ovarian cancer. According to them, LIN28 and a related protein, LIN28B, may be involved in some 15% of human cancers. By blocking or suppressing LIN28, it...
  • The miracle stem cell cures made in Britain (Stem cell jingoism for the biologically ignorant!)

    06/10/2009 11:38:47 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 477+ views ^ | 27 Apr 2009 | Richard Gray
    British scientists are among the world leaders in stem cell research - and their latest discoveries could transform medicine forever We have been told for almost a decade that stem cells are the future of medicine: that these tiny clumps of tissue could become a biological "repair kit", able to regenerate or heal almost any part of the body. But amid all the prophecies of patches for damaged hearts, new nerve cells for spinal injuries or stroke victims, and insulin-producing cells for diabetics, few people predicted that it would be British-based scientists who would be leading the way in mapping...
  • NIH policy loosening stem cell research restrictions disappoints both sides in debate

    05/13/2009 12:04:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 356+ views
    American Medical News ^ | May 4, 2009 | Kevin B. O'Reilly
    Some research advocates and scientists are upset that techniques they support would get no federal money. Many scientists hoped President Obama would end what they saw as the politicization of embryonic stem cell research. They thought all Bush administration funding bans would vanish, easing the way for unimpeded research that could yield interventions for physicians to use in treating everything from Parkinson's disease to diabetes. But those hopes may be running into political reality.The National Institutes of Health in April proposed overturning some Bush-era restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research while leaving others in place. The rules would...
  • Stem cell division

    05/11/2009 3:01:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 719+ views
    Salon ^ | May. 11, 2009 | Peter Dizikes
    The growing blue state-red state gap over this research shows that science has serious economic and political muscle in America today. When Barack Obama removed George W. Bush's ban on federal funding for new embryonic stem cell research in March, the president cast his decision as part of a larger effort to remove politics from science. No longer would research, Obama said, be shackled by a "false choice between sound science and moral values." It turns out the president cannot separate politics and science so easily. No sooner had Obama issued his order than conservative lawmakers in state legislatures began...
  • Embryos aren't fertilized? (Not according to Bill Clinton)

    03/30/2009 10:36:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies · 1,301+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 30, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    Democrats have spent years congratulating themselves on being smarter than conservatives. You can expect the media therefore to ignore appallingly stupid gaffes on the part of Ivy-educated leaders. Hillary's "smart power" diplomacy  is looking oxymoronic in the wake of her stupid question about who painted the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on a visit to Mexico. The image, a miraculous apparition, is central to Mexican culture. Her host politely responded, "God" to her question. Now her husband Bill has revealed incredible ignorance of basic biology. In this CNN interview, he stoutly maintains the embryos are not fertilized. George W....
  • Synthetic blood from embryos bid ("We could provide an unlimited supply of blood in this way")

    03/23/2009 12:02:30 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies · 1,135+ views
    BBC.CO.UK ^ | Monday, 23 March
    UK scientists plan a major research project to see if synthetic human blood can be made from embryonic stem cells. Led by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, the three year trial could provide an unlimited supply of blood for emergency transfusions. The blood should be free of infections like the human form of mad cow disease. Teams will test human embryos left over from IVF treatment to find those destined to develop into the universal "O-negative" blood donor group.
  • Stem Cell Sham - The president as sophist.

    03/14/2009 10:06:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1,454+ views
    THE WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | 03/23/2009 | P.J. O'Rourke
    When a Democratic president goes from being wrong to being damn wrong is always an interesting moment: Bay of Pigs, Great Society, Jimmy Carter waking up on the morning after his inauguration, HillaryCare. Barack Obama condemned himself (and a number of human embryos to be determined at a later date) on March 9 when he signed an executive order reversing the Bush administration's restrictions on federal funding of stem cell research. President Obama went to hell not with the stroke of a pen, but with the cluck of a tongue. His executive order was an error. His statement at the...
  • Stem-cell inaction prompts concern

    02/27/2009 4:35:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,134+ views
    Nature News ^ | 24 February 2009 | Meredith Wadman
    Legal complexities may underlie the delay in fulfilling election pledge. Diana DeGette wants an executive order now.R. Edmonds/AP Photo Colorado congresswoman Diana DeGette had one message for President Barack Obama when she shook his hand on 17 February, moments after he signed the massive US economic stimulus bill into law. "I just looked at him and said: 'Mr President, just to reiterate my hope that you will sign an executive order reversing President Bush's ban on [human] embryonic stem-cell research'," says DeGette (Democrat). "He said: 'We're gonna do it soon.'" Those words, and others like them from Obama, are doing...
  • Stem Cells: Ideology Or Science?

    02/20/2009 5:32:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 839+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 20, 2009
    Medical Advancement: It's the supporters of embryonic stem cell research who have politicized science. The desperation of a family and the pressure to produce results may have produced a medical tragedy instead.In the 2006 election, actor Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson's, made a commercial for Democrats in which he urged voters to support Senate candidates who supported federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. As we noted then and do again, ESCR was not the "most promising" avenue of stem cell research. And no, that's not because of a lack of federal funds, but rather with the difficulties...
  • Tumours spark stem-cell review - Russian treatment linked to cancerous growths.

    02/17/2009 11:13:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 639+ views
    Nature News ^ | 17 February 2009 | Monya Baker
    Neural stem cells in culture: use them carefully.R. CASSIANI-INGONI/SPL A report claiming that unregulated transplants of human fetal neural stem cells led to tumours in a boy's brain and spinal cord is being hotly discussed by stem-cell researchers. Although the procedure took place well outside the scientific mainstream, it underscores the need for caution as clinical trials involving stem-cell transplantation move forward."This is the first documented case of tumours resulting from fetal-cell transplant," says Wise Young, a neurosurgeon at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey.The paper, appearing in PLoS Medicine, describes a boy who received injections of fetal neural stem...
  • US approves 1st stem cell study for spinal injury

    01/22/2009 10:54:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 602+ views ^ | Jan. 22, 2009 | MALCOLM RITTER
    AP Science Writer A U.S. biotech company says it plans to start this summer the world's first study of a treatment based on human embryonic stem cells - a long-awaited project aimed at spinal cord injury. --snip-- Each patient will receive a low dose of anti-rejection drugs for about two months, because after that time the medications shouldn't be needed, Okarma said. The study will follow each patient for at least a year...
  • Green light for UK stem-cell trial - Stroke patients to be treated with tailor-made brain...

    01/20/2009 11:12:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 1,041+ views
    Nature News ^ | 19 January 2009 | Helen Pilcher
    Stroke patients to be treated with tailor-made brain cells. Stem cells will be grafted into the brains of patients during the new trial.ALAMY UK researchers have been given the go-ahead for a clinical trial to assess the use of stem-cell transplants for stroke. Twelve people will take part in the preliminary safety study, the first time that brain-derived stem cells have been used to treat stroke patients.The trial, due to start later this year, will see different doses of cultured human neural stem cells grafted into the brains of patients who have had a stroke — often caused by a...
  • Scientists Still Can't Solve Cancer Issues With Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    01/07/2009 4:03:07 PM PST · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 762+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/7/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- In just a matter of weeks, Barack Obama may force Americans to spend millions for unproven embryonic stem cell research. Yet, scientists admit they are having significant problems overcoming one of the major hurdles that may prevent the cells from every helping human patients. While adult stem cells have helped patients with a wide range of dozens of diseases and conditions, embryonic stem cells have yet to help one patient and have had problems in animals. One major problem is that they tend to form cancerous cells or tumors after they are injected -- and scientists...
  • Scientists can now differentiate between healthy cells and cancer cells

    01/05/2009 9:49:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 1,248+ views
    One of the current handicaps of cancer treatments is the difficulty of aiming these treatments at destroying malignant cells without killing healthy cells in the process. But a new study by McMaster University researchers has provided insight into how scientists might develop therapies and drugs that more carefully target cancer, while sparing normal healthy cells Mick Bhatia, scientific director of the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, and his team of investigators have demonstrated – for the first time – the difference between normal stem cells and cancer stem cells in...
  • Vatican toughens stance on embryo research - Proclamation on biomedical science and reproductive...

    12/12/2008 6:18:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 448+ views
    Nature News ^ | 12 December 2008 | Declan Butler
    Proclamation on biomedical science and reproductive medicine revised. The Vatican has said that researchers should not work with stem cells derived from embryos.Punchstock The Roman Catholic Church has reaffirmed its opposition to embryonic stem cell research in a document that updates its 20-year-old position on biomedical research and reproductive medicine. The instruction Dignitas Personae not only condemns embryonic stem cell research, and in vitro fertilization (IVF) but also formalizes its many previous positions including banning human cloning to produce embryonic stem cells, and human–animal cloned chimaeras. For Catholic researchers, the biggest impact of the new text is that for the...
  • For Stem Cells, a Role on the Battlefield

    09/09/2008 9:46:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 229+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 9, 2008 | ANDREW POLLACK
    When people envision using human embryonic stem cells for “regenerative medicine,” they often talk about making neurons to treat Parkinson’s disease, cardiac cells to... --snip-- The idea faces other challenges beyond the huge volume of cells needed. The red cells produced from embryonic stem cells so far tend to resemble embryonic or fetal red cells more than adult ones. They tend to be larger and often contain nuclei, which could impede their passage through the body. And they have a different form of the globin molecule, which carries oxygen. --snip-- “The real test is in vivo,” said Dr. Thalia Papayannopoulou,...
  • New method of growing human embryonic stem cells may revolutionise Parkinson's therapy

    08/20/2008 6:38:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 138+ views ^ | August 20, 2008 | NA
    Washington, August 20 : UC Riverside researchers have devised a way to grow human embryonic stem cells in the lab without using animal derived materials, bringing the use of embryonic stem cells for medical purposes closer to reality. Noboru Sato, an assistant professor of biochemistry, that the new method may revolutionise cell therapy to treat diseases like Parkinson's and diabetes mellitus. This advancement attains significance because the majority of researchers presently culture the cells using animal-based materials that can transmit viruses other pathogens to the stem cells, making them unsuitable for medical use. Sato insists that his method is cleaner...
  • Human embryonic stem cells developed from 4-cell embryo; world first may lessen ethical concerns

    07/12/2008 5:30:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 195+ views
    Barcelona, Spain: For the first time in the world scientists have succeeded in developing human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) from a single cell, or blastomere, of a 4-cell stage embryo, the 24th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology heard today (Wednesday 9 July). Dr. Hilde Van de Velde, from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium, said that their research meant that it might be possible in the future to produce hESC lines at an earlier stage without destroying the embryo. Blastomeres are formed in the very early stages of embryonic development. About 24 hours...
  • Human stem cells used to cure brain disorder

    06/06/2008 2:00:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 130+ views
    Nature News ^ | 4 June 2008 | Katharine Sanderson
    Success in mice could be a breakthrough for disorders such as multiple sclerosis. Human donor cells (red) spread through the mouse brains and trigger their repair.Windrem et al./Cell Stem Cell 5 June 2008 Human stem cells have been used to correct abnormal brain development in mice with fatal brain disorders, offering hope for treating a range of neurological disorders including some deadly childhood genetic diseases. Those behind the new treatment hope that human clinical trials could be just a few years away. The treatment uses human glial progenitor cells — cells that can differentiate into the glial cells that, among...
  • $271 Million for Research on Stem Cells in California

    05/08/2008 9:19:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 120+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 8, 2008 | ANDREW POLLACK
    LOS ANGELES — California has awarded $271 million in grants to build 12 stem cell research centers in the state, even as one of the political rationales for the building program might soon disappear. The awards, announced here Wednesday, represent the largest chunk of money awarded at one time by California’s taxpayer-backed stem cell program, which is slated to spend about $3 billion over about a decade. The universities and research institutes that are receiving the money have said they would spend an additional $560 million on the laboratory construction, money they are trying to raise from donations. The resulting...
  • Human Embryos Cloned From Skin Cells

    01/17/2008 11:13:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 105+ views
    Science</em>NOW Daily News ^ | 17 January 2008 | Constance Holden
    Enlarge ImagePromising growth. (Clockwise from left) Three-, 5-, and 6-day-old cloned blastocysts. Credit: A. French et al., Stem Cells (17 January 2008) A California company reported today that it has, for the first time, cloned human embryos using DNA from adult skin cells. That's "an important first step" toward generating embryonic stem (ES) cell lines from such embryos, which can be used to study and treat diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson's, says stem cell researcher George Daley of Harvard Medical School in Boston. Scientists want to be able to clone early human embryos, using cells from patients with...
  • New Method Equalizes Stem Cell Debate

    11/21/2007 10:45:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 130+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 21, 2007 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    News Analysis WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 — It has been more than six years since President Bush, in the first major televised address of his presidency, drew a stark moral line against the destruction of human embryos in medical research. Since then, he has steadfastly maintained that scientists would come up with an alternative method of developing embryonic stem cells, one that did not involve killing embryos. Critics were skeptical. But now that scientists in Japan and Wisconsin have apparently achieved what Mr. Bush envisioned, the White House is saying, “I told you so.” Conservative Republican presidential hopefuls like former Gov....
  • New Stem Cell Method Promises To Repair Severe Blood Vessel Damage

    05/12/2007 3:02:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 753+ views ^ | 08 May 2007 | Catharine Paddock
    In what has been described as a breakthrough, US scientists have found a new way to use human embryonic stem cells to produce precursor cells that can repair severely damaged blood vessels in mice and other laboratory animals. They hope this method will one day be used to repair extensive blood vessel damage in humans, for instance diabetics with damaged retinas, people with severe blood vessel damage in limbs (and thereby avoid amputation), and reducing deaths from heart attacks. The research is published in the journal Nature Methods and is available as an early online issue. In the study, scientists...
  • Troubled Iowa Dreams - Caring to clone.

    02/23/2007 11:34:28 AM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 303+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 23, 2007 | Richard M. Doerflinger
    February 23, 2007, 8:00 a.m. Troubled Iowa DreamsCaring to clone. By Richard M. Doerflinger For years the political campaign to allow human cloning for research purposes has paid only grudging attention to anything resembling a fact. Recent events in Iowa suggest that it is now fashionable to follow this campaign into a complete fantasy land. At issue is a February 14 Associated Press story from Iowa titled “Senate bill eases limits on stem cell research.” The reporter helpfully notes that the Iowa Senate has narrowly approved a bill that “Democrats say would ease restrictions on embryonic stem cell research,”...
  • Stem cells help rats retain their vision

    09/22/2006 9:12:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 407+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Sep 22, 2006 | CAROLYN ABRAHAM
    In an experiment that boosts hopes for regenerative medicine, scientists have used stem cells from human embryos to save the sight of lab rats going blind. The genetically engineered rodents suffered from an eye disease similar to macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in people older than 55. But after receiving injections of retinal tissue generated from human embryonic stem cells, the rodents' vision did not deteriorate and, researchers say, proved to be 100 per cent better than untreated rats. The work not only represents a new possibility for treating an incurable condition on the rise, but also...