Suspension issued by US Court of Appeals on temporary injunction

Author: Ubaka Ogbogu, 09/10/10

The US Court of Appeals in Washington DC yesterday suspended a recent temporary injunction issued by a federal district judge against the use of federal funds for hESC research. Read my earlier post on the injunction. The suspension is temporary, and is intended to allow the appellate court sufficient opportunity to review an emergency appeal…Read more

Ghosts of stem cells past

Author: Chris Kamel, 09/02/10

One of the coolest breakthroughs of the last five years is the ability to reprogram adult, differentiated cells into pluripotent cells, effectively allowing us to change one cell type into virtually any other. Reprogramming is achieved by expression of a set of genes that yield induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), which have many of…Read more

Which dishes are you willing to eat from?

Author: David Kent, 08/31/10

This month, the food supply chain in the UK dropped the ball, and unbeknownst to the final consumer, meat from the offspring of a cloned animal ended up on dinner plates.This caused a stir in a country that has traditionally been quite wary of genetically modified foods and prompted much discussion from the public and…Read more

New law may be the only way out for researchers affected by US stem cell injunction

Author: Ubaka Ogbogu, 08/26/10

On August 23, 2010, United States federal district judge Royce C. Lamberth issued a preliminary injunction that overturned President Obama’s recent reform of US federal policy on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research. The injunction — which will remain in effect until a permanent order is issued upon final determination of the merits of the…Read more

Biosynthetic corneas restore vision

Author: Stem Cell Network, 08/25/10

Right now, you’re seeing this blog post thanks to your cornea. In concert with your eye’s lens, the cornea refracts light and allows you to distinguish the letters on this page from the background. But your cornea is vulnerable to disease — clouding of the cornea is the most common cause of blindness. And although…Read more

Vascularization: A tissue engineering roadblock

Author: Allison Van Winkle, 08/16/10

There are currently over 100,000 people in the United States on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Between January and March of 2010, fewer than 7,000 patients received transplants. Imagine, as an alternative to donated live tissue, a tissue-engineered alternative, such as a bioartificial liver or pancreas. Tissue engineered products could substantially decrease the…Read more

U.K. Government to Dissolve Stem Cell Research Regulators and Transfer Functions to New Agency

Author: Ubaka Ogbogu, 08/11/10

The U.K. Government has announced plans to dissolve the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) – two independent regulators primarily responsible for stem cell research oversight in the U.K. – and to transfer their functions to a new yet-to-be-named research regulator. The HFEA was created under the 1990 Human…Read more

Model behaviour

Author: Katie Moisse, 07/29/10

Buried deep within our bony skulls and spinal columns, and separated from our blood by an infallible barrier, our neurons are, I would argue, the most protected cells in our bodies. This is a good thing for obvious reasons. This is a bad thing, however, for scientists studying neurodegeneration. When induced pluripotent stem cells hit…Read more