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Stem Cells


Stem cell debacle déjà vu

Michael Cook | 08 April 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: Japan, research ethics, scientism, stem cells
A young Japanese scientist is at the centre of a storm about unethical research. Why?


Stunning discovery creates ethical stem cells

Michael Cook | 31 January 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: bioethics, stem cells
Immersing cells in acid creates pluripotent stem cells? Who could believe that? But it could be the future.


Why the UK should reject three-parent embryos

Peter Saunders | 01 July 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: mitochondrial disease, stem cells, three-parent embryos, UK
British stem cell scientists have scored a big win by securing government approval for a scheme to avoid rare diseases. This will do far more harm than good.


Not with a bang, but a whimper

Michael Cook | 31 May 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: scientism, stem cells
After more than a decade of research on embryonic stem cells, scientists are quietly moving on to greener pastures.


Will pigs usher in the next medical revolution?

Peter Cowan | 14 December 2011 | FEATURES |
tags: organ donation, stem cells, xenotransplantation
Transplanting organs from pigs could be the answer to the shortage of organs for desperately ill patients.


Non, je ne regrette rien

Michael Cook | 24 November 2011 | FEATURES |
tags: stem cells
It is now all but certain that human embryonic stem cells will not deliver cures to dread diseases. Apologies, anyone?


A setback for embryonic stem cell research

Michael Cook | 21 October 2011 | FEATURES |
tags: European Union, human ecology, stem cells
A milestone case in the European Court of Justice may signal a new direction in campaigns against human embryo research.


Stem cell spin

Sheila Liaugminas | 30 April 2011 | SHEILA REPORTS |
tags: adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells, pluripotent cells, stem cells
Sometimes, the best scientific argument over a controversial bioethical issue is just dry and uninteresting to anyone but the science and medical comunity.


Most medical research is wrong? Are you kidding?

Michael Cook | 22 November 2010 | FEATURES |
tags: science, stem cells
No. In fact, the leading figure in medical statistics says plainly, “most claimed research findings are false”.


Landmark stem cell trial begins

Patrick Cusworth | 15 October 2010 | FEATURES |
tags: stem cells
A US company has announced that it has begun a clinical trial with embryonic stem cells in the hope of curing spinal cord injuries. Ho hum.


Stem cell tears

Michaela Kingston | 14 September 2010 | FEATURES |
tags: Barack Obama, science, stem cells
Will researcher have to look for other jobs now that federal funding for human embryo research in the US may dry up?


Upsetting the stem cell applecart

Michael Cook | 26 August 2010 | FEATURES |
tags: stem cells, US
Have two US presidents and a raft of agencies been misinterpreting a federal law for nearly ten years? A judge says Yes.


Consternation in Barad-dûr

Michael Cook | 04 April 2008 | FEATURES |
tags: California, stem cells
An ethical development could make embryonic stem cell research obsolete and derail plans for California's $3 billion institute.


Harvard’s stem cell misstep

James Sherley | 29 June 2006 | FEATURES |
tags: Harvard, stem cells
Harvard University has given the cause of therapeutic cloning the backing of its immense prestige. A stem cell scientist tells MercatorNet that this is based on inflated hopes and bad science.


To clone or not to clone

James Sherley | 07 December 2005 | FEATURES |
tags: stem cells
Whether or not embryos should be cloned and then destroyed for their stem cells has been one of the hottest issues in science this year. James Sherley, a professor at MIT, says that the use of cells from cloned embryos is scientifically and ethically dubious.


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