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Stem Cells

Cloning Fraud on the Silver Screen

Pete Shanks | Posted 10.09.2014 | Science
Pete Shanks

The stem-cell disgrace of Korean cloning fraudster Hwang Woo-suk has now inspired a movie. Whistle Blower opened in Korea this week. Names have been changed, and it's presented as fiction, but no one is even pretending it's not about the scientific "scandal of the century" that unfolded between 2004 and 2006.

The Surprising History and Future of Boob Job Fever

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 09.18.2014 | Style
Nikki Gloudeman

As a feminist, I've always felt deeply conflicted about the whole boob job thing. On one hand, it's both sad and ridiculous that women feel compelled to pay thousands and undergo surgery to attain an ostensibly "more desirable" body.

Dear Medical Science: What's Taking You So Long?

John Blumenthal | Posted 09.07.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Guys, we don't want to go through all this suffering anymore. We're sick of getting sick. Stem cells were discovered in 1978. You promised us limitless possibilities, yet here we are, 36 years later, still twiddling our thumbs.

Stem Cells Can Help Rebuild Joints

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

There is still much to be explored in the area of stem cells and regenerative orthopedics, and we are excited to be a part of it. Harnessing stem cells to speed healing and cure disease is a crucial part of injury and arthritis treatment today.

A World Future Society Conference Speech: Everyone Faces a Transhumanist Wager

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem. Each one of us has a problem. In fact, no matter where you go on the planet, no matter who you find, every single person on Earth has this same dire problem.

Selling Stem Cells Honestly

Pete Shanks | Posted 09.06.2014 | Science
Pete Shanks

Scientists around the world are campaigning in favor of sensible regulation of stem-cell therapies. The recent conference of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) opened with a panel discussion about how to sort the real from the bogus treatments.

Stem Cells vs. Perpetuity?

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

John D. Rockefeller was not only a great oil man, he was an astonishing visionary. Envisioning the need for and possibility of achieving what we see...

A Parent's Wild Ride to Cord Blood

Cara Paiuk | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

I have worn many hats in my life but the one I take most seriously is my "mommy bere." The decisions I make on my children's behalf can impact their whole lives, and the responsibility of it all sometimes overwhelms me.

Stem Cell Advance May Bring New Treatments For Deadly Disease

AP | Posted 04.28.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — In a potential step toward new diabetes treatments, scientists used a cloning technique to make insulin-producing cells with the DNA...

Researchers Make Major Stem Cell Breakthrough

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | Science

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a pat...

'This Was An Act Of Research Misconduct'

Reuters | Kiyoshi Takenaka | Posted 06.01.2014 | Science

By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top research body on Tuesday accused the lead writer of stem cell papers hailed as a game...

Beginnings

Richard M. Cohen | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard M. Cohen

Only 20 patients had been tapped for this spectacular opportunity. My stem cell infusion took place in New York City on a recent frigid winter day, inaugurating the study. I knew a long, thin needle would be inserted into my spinal column and the cells released. I was ready.

Scientist Backtracks On Stem Cell 'Breakthrough'

Reuters | Posted 05.10.2014 | Science

(Updates throughout with response from Nature, more details, expert comment) By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Kate Kelland TOKYO...

The Top 10 Science Jokes, As Told By Stephen Hawking

Science Channel | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science
Science Channel

Stephen Hawking may be best known as a physicist, cosmologist and one of the world's smartest people, but these videos are proof he should add 'comedian' to his already robust résumé.

Stem Cell Breakthrough Reported Overseas

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2014 | Science

LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - In experiments that could open a new era in stem cell biology, scientists have found a simple way to reprogram mature ani...

Has Anti-Aging Finally Come of Age With Google's Calico?

Paul Knoepfler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Knoepfler

I hope that Calico changes our whole concept of aging and extends healthy life years for us all, but I have to admit I'm skeptical. The fountain of youth has proven elusive and most gains in human life expectancy have been indirect consequences of better nutrition and anti-infectious disease efforts.

11 Amazing Ways People Are Using 3D Printers For Good, Not Guns

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology

Even though anyone willing to shell out $850,000 on a 3D metal printer can now produce fully functioning guns in the legal comfort of their own home, ...

My Body Is None Of Your Business

Morgan Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Morgan Levy

In the end, it is not the FDA who chooses how we fight our battles, it's us. It's our choice what we do with our own cells.

Cardiac Regeneration: Fixing a Broken Heart

Dr. Kenneth W. Liechty | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Dr. Kenneth W. Liechty

Scientists are only beginning to understand the basics of cardiac regeneration. While there is not likely to be a sudden breakthrough, this research holds tremendous potential for the many people who otherwise face diminished quality of life or even imminent death.

Stem Cell Researchers Report Major Breakthrough

Reuters | Kate Kelland | Posted 11.12.2013 | Science

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have succeeded in generating new stem cells in living mice and say their success opens up...

LOOK: Scientists Overseas Grow Human 'Mini Brains'

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 08.28.2013 | Science

The first complete living model of the developing human brain has been created in a lab dish. Researchers grew human stem cells in an environment th...

The Big Picture

Bret Hoekema | Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

I am 41 days out from my allogeneic stem cell transplant. I did my best to prepare. I knew it would be brutal. I now have to admit I hadn't a clue what I was to face.

Just Don't Ask Where These Teeth Came From

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 08.01.2013 | Science

Need a new tooth? Chinese researchers may have developed a way to grow human teeth, but those in need of a replacement may be a bit turned off when th...

To My Donor, on Transplant Day

Bret Hoekema | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

With your stem cells, I can imagine life as an ordinary thirty-something. Back at work. Earning a salary. And writing about something other than life with cancer. With your stem cells, I can imagine a second chance at my first year of marriage and the dreamy possibility of my 50th.

The Future of Regenerative Medicine

André Choulika | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
André Choulika

Just like the simple act of backing-up your computer has become routine, so too could the act of backing-up your stem cells now, before you regret not doing so in the future.