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Archdiocese: 'Ice Buckets' Present a Moral Problem

Catholics shouldn't fund embryonic stem-cell research, Archdiocese says

(Newser) - The Cincinnati Archdiocese is all for people embracing the "Ice Bucket Challenge"—just so it doesn't conflict with Catholic beliefs. The Archdiocese says it's OK for Catholics to get doused in ice-cold water to raise money for ALS research, but the funds shouldn't go to... More »

Scientist Commits Suicide After Research Scandal

Yoshiki Sasai advised senior researcher whose stem cell breakthrough was retracted

(Newser) - Respected stem cell expert Yoshiki Sasai, who was connected to a scandal accusing a researcher he advised of falsifying a stem cell breakthrough , was found dead today of an apparent suicide. Sasai, who told the Wall Street Journal in April he was "overwhelmed with shame" over the scandal, was... More »

2 More HIV Patients 'Cured'

After bone marrow transplants, though they may relapse

(Newser) - Are bone marrow transplants the key to an HIV cure? Two men who had both cancer and HIV appear free from both diseases after receiving transplants, researchers say. One man received replacement stem cells from a donor with a gene believed to protect against HIV, while the other's donor... More »

Scientist Retracts Groundbreaking Stem Cell Study

Haruko Obokata retracts her research but denies misconduct

(Newser) - A few months ago, Haruko Obokata appeared to be one of Japan's most promising young scientists. Her mind-blowing research on stem cells in mice, which apparently showed the cells could be made swiftly by dripping blood cells into acid, had just been published in the coveted scientific journal Nature.... More »

Team Clones Stem Cells From 75-Year-Old's Skin

Technique could be used to produce tissue perfectly suited to patients

(Newser) - A team of researchers has made a sure-to-be controversial breakthrough in both stem cell and cloning research, creating stem cells from two adults using cloning techniques. The researchers took DNA from skin cells from two men, aged 35 and 75, and injected it into unfertilized eggs whose DNA had been... More »

Billionaire: I've Reversed the Aging Process

Nygard claims stem cells are making him younger

(Newser) - A Finnish-Canadian billionaire says scientists have found a way to make him younger. Fashion designer Peter Nygard claims he is getting more stem cell treatment than anyone else is currently receiving, and scientists have found "my markers have shown exactly that I have been actually reversing my aging and... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Stem Cell Case

Scientists challenged use of embryonic stem cells; court gives no comment

(Newser) - Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is safe for now. The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to the funding, it said today, giving no comment on the matter. "This is good news for patients," said a statement from the Association of American Medical Colleges. "... More »

5-Day-Old Dead People Great for Stem Cells

Bone-marrow cells have a variety of uses

(Newser) - Even after five days, corpses are an excellent source of stem cells to replace fat, cartilage, bone, and other kinds of cells, New Scientist reports. A research team from the University of Miami, Florida, found it could mine mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from the bone marrow of finger bones stored... More »

Nobel Winner Was 'Too Stupid for Science'

Schoolmaster urged stem-cell pioneer John Gurdon to study something else

(Newser) - Academic underachievers everywhere can take heart from the story of John Gurdon, the British professor who won this year's Nobel prize for medicine —64 years after being told it would be a "sheer waste of time" for him to study science. When he was 15, Gurdon was... More »

Nobel Prize for Medicine Goes to Stem Cell Scientists

John Gurdon, Shinya Yamanaka share the prize

(Newser) - The first of this year's Nobel prizes was announced this morning, with a British scientist and a Japanese scientist sharing the prize for medicine. John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka helped discover that specific and mature cells "can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all... More »

First-Ever Stem Cell Vein Saves Girl, 10

Blood vessel grown using donor vein, stem cells

(Newser) - Doctors in Sweden grew the first-ever vein in a lab, and used it to save the life of a 10-year-old girl in this futuristic miracle story: A 3.5-inch section of groin vein was taken from a deceased donor, the living cells were removed to leave only a sort of... More »

Canada OKs World's 1st Stem Cell Therapy

Prochymal may ease complication from bone marrow transplants

(Newser) - Canada has approved the world's first stem cell treatment for a systemic disease, Reuters reports. This week, the nation's health regulators allowed doctors to use the drug Prochymal for children with graft-versus host disease (GvHD), a sometimes deadly side-effect from bone marrow transplants. GvHd kills up to 80%... More »

Oklahoma Bill Would Ban Fetuses in Food

Sen. Ralph Shortey read about this, um, threat online

(Newser) - Oklahoma Sen. Ralph Shortey is on a mission. He's introduced a bill banning any food products "which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients." Is this a going problem in Oklahoma, you ask? Well no, but Shortey read about it once on the Internet, he tells the... More »

Scientists Turn Stem Cells Into Working Sperm

Researchers see hope for infertile men

(Newser) - Researchers have managed to produce sperm cells from embryonic stem cells—and for the first time, the sperm worked, resulting in healthy baby mice. Researchers in Japan mixed the embryonic stem cells with certain proteins and hormones. They converted the resulting cells into germ cells, which they implanted in the... More »

Judge Dismisses Suit Against Stem Cell Research

Decision means federal work can continue with embryonic stem cells

(Newser) - A lawsuit that had threatened to end the Obama administration's funding of embryonic stem cell research was thrown out today, allowing the US to continue supporting a search for cures to deadly diseases over protests that the work relies on destroyed human embryos. The lawsuit claimed that research funded... More »

Scientists: We Can Make Pigs Grow Human Organs

Process has already been used to make mice grow rat organs

(Newser) - Japanese researchers have hit on a stem cell breakthrough that they say could essentially solve the organ shortages problem—but fair warning, it’s weird. By injecting stem cells from rats into the embryos of mice that had been genetically modified to be unable to grow their own organs, the... More »

Doctors Seek to Replicate This Man's 'HIV Cure'

'Berlin Patient' Timothy Ray Brown remains HIV-negative

(Newser) - Six months after his case attracted worldwide attention, "Berlin Patient" Timothy Ray Brown appears to still be the first person ever to have been cured of HIV. The virus was eliminated from Brown's body after he received a bone marrow stem cell transplant while being treated for leukemia.... More »

Court Overturns Stem Cell Ban

Federal funding can now be used for human embryonic cell research

(Newser) - A federal appeals court overturned the ban on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research today in a 2-1 ruling. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that such funding did not violate a 1996 law forbidding the use of federal money for research... More »

Paralyzed Patient Undergoes Stem Cell Experiment

21-year-old got drug 6 months ago, but it's too early to gauge results

(Newser) - A 21-year-old nursing student in Alabama paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident says he's "doing well" after receiving an experimental drug made from embryonic stem cells, but that it's too early to gauge his prospects of being able to walk again. Timothy Atchison tells the Washington ... More »

US Approves 2nd Human Trial of Stem Cells

Mass. company will try to treat progressive blindness

(Newser) - The FDA has approved the second stem-cell trial on humans: Advanced Cell Technology will test the effects of stem-cell treatments on 12 patients with Stargardt’s macular dystrophy, a disease that causes progressive blindness, Reuters reports. The currently untreatable disease causes degeneration of eye tissue beginning as early as age... More »

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