Archive for October, 2012

Zombies and regenerative medicine (a Halloween special)

Author: Stacey Johnson, 10/31/12

with Roshan Yoganathan and Lisa Willemse Are zombies real? And yes, we mean creepy, flesh-eating, run-for-the-hills zombies — not that state you find yourself in on a Monday morning before you’ve had a double espresso. Unless you’re a zombie yourself, it’s quite likely you’ve picked up on their current popularity in gaming, film and television…Read more

Keeping pace with stem cell technology

Author: Stacey Johnson, 10/26/12

On the same day that I learned the (disturbing and sad) news that a friend, a woman in her early 40s, has a pacemaker, I read that a stem cell scientist in cardiovascular medicine, at the University of California, has received a grant to develop stem cells that “could serve as a biological alternative to…Read more

Fulfilling our pluripotential: iPS cells 6 years on

Author: Natasha Davie, 10/17/12

It has taken just six years since the release of his seminal publication on the genetic reprogramming of human somatic cells for Shinya Yamanaka to be awarded the most prestigious of all accolades: the Nobel Prize. Compare that to his co-recipient, Sir John B. Gurdon, whose critical paper was first published 50 years ago in…Read more

Outrunning the cheetah: How biomaterials could make Pistorius even faster

Author: Roshan Yoganathan, 10/05/12

  I visited London at the end of August and was exposed to the Paralympics for the first time. One of the biggest stars of the London 2012 Paralympics was Oscar Pistorius, a 200m and 400m sprinter from South Africa with double, below-knee amputations. He received a great deal of media attention because he not…Read more