iPSCs

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Akin to Embryonic Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Ethical stem cell research continues to advance. The University of Wisconsin, Madison — where human ESCs were first derived — has found the IPSCs and ESCs are virtually identical. From the U of W story: A study released Sunday shows embryonic stem cells and induced […]

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IPS Stem Cells Could Allow Human Organs to be Grown in Pigs

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Again, we see the importance of animal research, with the potential that the organ shortage could be largely solved by growing patient DNA-identical human organs in pigs for transplant. From the Telegraph story: Scientists have found they can create chimeric animals that have organs belonging […]

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National Science Foundation Misleads About Adult Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC They have to know better than this. The National Science Foundation has erroneously conflated “induced pluripotent stem cells” with “adult” stem cells in discussing a report — which I also covered here — calling for continued federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. From its […]

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IPSCs in Mice Stimulate Immune Response

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC A recent mouse experiment showed that IPSCs stimulate tissue rejection in mice. From the story: In an unexpected setback to efforts to harness a promising new type of stem cell to treat diseases, researchers reported on Friday that tissues made from those stem cells might […]

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Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells Grow New Retina in Dish

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Japanese scientists have used ES cells to grow a primordial retina. From the story: The team from the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Japan, first cultivated embryonic stem cells in a test tube and then added proteins to trigger them into developing. They […]

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Ethical Stem Cell Research Continues to Advance

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The days of embryonic stem cells as “the only hope” are long gone. Sure scientists still talk about them as the “gold standard” and media still pound the drum, but the paint is fast pealing off that meme. Moreover, the field is only inching forward […]

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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Research Permits “Disease in a Dish” Research of Parkinson’s

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Another big breakthrough on the IPSC front: Skin cells from a patient with Parkinson’s — a variety caused by a genetic condition — have been turned into neural cells, and then studied as the Parkinson’s destroys the tissue. From the story: There are no cures […]

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Lead Into Gold: Human IPSCs Restore Mobility to Paralyzed Monkey

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Wow. Japanese scientists claim that they restored mobility to a paralyzed monkey–note the need for using animals in research–with human induced pluripotent stem cells. From the story: Japanese researchers said Wednesday they had used stem cells to restore partial mobility in a small monkey that […]

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Skin Cells Turned Directly Into Human Blood

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Scientists have used a modified version of the induced pluripotent stem cell process to create blood cells out of skin cells — without going through the pluripotent stage. This could be big. From the story: Mick Bhatia, scientific director of McMaster’s Stem Cell and Cancer […]

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Ethical Stem Cell Breakthrough! IPSCs Without Genes or Viruses

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Never underestimate the creativity and excellence of our scientists. New research seems to have overcome the difficulties of IPSCs, allowing pluripotent stem cells to be created from normal body cells without using genes or viruses. From the story in the Washington Post: In 2006, researchers […]

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