Cell Biology

The Guardian reports: Scientists have used stem cells to grow a rudimentary eye in the laboratory in a landmark study that raises the prospect of creating tissues to treat blindness and tease…



If you’re a biologist, this is a very big deal. Robert Lee Hotz reports for the Wall Street Journal:

Heralding a new era in biology, scientists for the first time have created a synthetic cell, completely controlled by man-made genetic instructions, which can survive and reproduce itself, researchers at the private J. Craig Venter Institute announced Thursday.

“We call it the first synthetic cell,” said genomics pioneer Craig Venter, who oversaw the project. “These are very much real cells.”…



Bryan Nelson of the Mother Nature Network writes via Yahoo Green: The turritopsis nutricula species of jellyfish may be the only animal in the world to have truly discovered the fountain of…



Caltech scientists have already engineered stem cells into B cells that produce HIV-fighting antibodies – and an NIH researcher engineered T cells that recognize tumors which has already had promising clinical trials…