Stem Cells





Somehow I can’t see carnivores wanting to eat stem cell burgers, and I can’t see vegetarians deciding they are acceptable either! Nonetheless Melissa Hogenboom investigates the taste of these lab grown meat…




Researchers are using skin cells from patients with mental illnesses, such s schizophrenia, to grow new tissue as neurons. The hope is to find a genetic based influence for mental disorders and…


The first person ever successfully cured of HIV, thanks to the miracle of stem cells? Aidsmap reports: Doctors who carried out a stem cell transplant on an HIV-infected man with leukaemia in 2007 say…



Organovo will distribute its $200,000 inkjet-like organ printers to medical research centers starting this year. Their “ink” comes from stem cells (from adult bone marrow) guided by growth factors into specific cell types, then packed into droplets of “ink” containing up to 30,000 cells to be printed onto sheets of organic biopaper where they self-assemble into functional tissue.

Though at first they’ll only print “very basic tissues like blood vessels”, the CSO of Organovo sees the business potential in using their bio-printers to create artificial human organs for implanting. (“You give us your cells: we grow them, we print them…”) And he also raises the possibility of “designer organs”, artificially grown into customized sizes and shapes…




A Colorado medical director describes having placental tissue transplanted into his lower abdomen in Mexico for its rejuvenating growth factors, hormones, and especially placental stem cells, “which have powerful ‘homing’ mechanisms which…