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Welcome to our new niche!

Welcome to Signals Blog, the new home and new name for the Stem Cell Network Blog. Why the change? After nearly four years, 207 blog posts and several “best of” awards, the SCN Blog finally outgrew its dish, so to speak. Late last year, we began planning with the newly-formed Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, […]

2012 Cells I See winners

  By all accounts, the 35 entries in this year’s Cells I See Art Contest & Gallery Showing were among the best we’ve ever had. Certainly, there were more than we’d ever seen before (view them all here) — so many, in fact, that we had to clear an entire lounge space at the host hotel just […]

A crack in the origin of eggs: policy and fertility implications of oogonial stem cells

by Lisa Willemse, with Ubaka Ogbogu and Timothy Caulfield The announcement last week that a team of researchers had identified stem cells responsible for generating human eggs caused a ripple of excitement for several reasons. Not only does the news end a controversy regarding an assertion by the same research team that such oogonial stem […]

Trading on hope: A look at what motivates stem cell tourists and what happens when it goes wrong

In recent years, the research community has been quite outspoken in its condemnation of rogue stem cell clinics operating in many countries across the globe. Indeed, through announcements made by health and related ministries in China, India and the US, it appears the message is beginning to be heard. On the heels of a recent […]

17-year-old high school student makes a cancer stem cell breakthrough

When we report on breakthroughs in stem cell research, we typically link to well-funded studies published in peer-reviewed journals by world-renowned scientists. This time, it’s a little different. Angela Zhang, a high school senior from Cupertino, California, was awarded a $100,000 scholarship for her submission to the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology: […]