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Shinya Yamanaka and John Gurdon have received the 2012 Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine. AAP

Nobel prize winners prove that success can be cloned

The 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology has been awarded to John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka, “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent”. A pluripotent cell…
Thomas Perlmann of the Karolinska Institute announces John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka as winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. AAP

A win for basic science as stem cell researchers awarded Nobel prize

Scientist Shinya Yamanaka was born in 1962 – the same year that fellow scientist John Gurdon made a discovery that eventually…

Stem cells to blame for clogged arteries?

A new study shows that a previously unknown vascular stem cell contributes to blocked arteries. This work has significance…

Worms could hold the key to immortality

Some worms display an apparently limitless ability to regenerate aged or damaged tissue. Unlike human cells which show signs…
Doctors give a patient a new trachea made from a synthetic scaffold seeded with his own stem cells. EPA/Karolinksa University Hospital

Lab-made organs could offer a solution to donor shortage

Scientists say they have developed a way to use a patient’s own stem cells to build fully functional organs in a laboratory…
The mitochondrial genome is passed on by mothers – defects and all. Marcos Leal

Safety in numbers: how three parents can beat genetic diseases

Media outlets have been reporting that scientists are planning to “create designer babies” with three parents. Professor Justin St John, Director of the Centre for Reproduction and Development at Monash…
Researchers have taken important steps in conserving endangered cats. dragaroo/Flickr

Saving the snow leopard: stem-cell generation a bright new hope

Looking at embryonic cells allows researchers to understand many of the fundamental questions about how an animal’s genes are structured and the role they play in developing the adult animal. This information…
Pigs may be the answer to Australia’s organ donor shortage. Thornypup

Xenotransplantation: using pigs as organ and tissue donors for humans

Transplantation is the best available treatment for many serious health problems including diabetes, kidney failure and heart disease. These conditions affect millions of people worldwide and the cost…
This study suggests breast milk is much more than nutrition for the baby, it could also play a role in stem cell therapies. various brennemans/flickr

Nothing like mother’s milk: potential treatments from stem cells in breast milk

Researchers have identified stem cells in human breast milk, which behave similarly to embryonic stem cells when cultivated in a medium containing nutrients. The finding suggests breast milk could be used…
Part of a Greenpeace protest at the European Patents Office in Munich. Greenpeace brought the case that has resulted in the European ruling. AAP

European court bans stem cell patents – what about Australia?

The European Court of Justice has today banned patenting of stem cell inventions derived from human embryos which are capable of developing into a human being. The court held that this exclusion from patentability…
Stem cell experiments on mice have been shown to correct a liver disorder, but would it work on humans? Flickr/Rick Eh?

Mouse liver experiment heralds stem cell breakthrough

For the first time, scientists have been able to fix a genetic liver defect in tests on mice using stem cells created from…

Stem cells could be used to save animals

Scientists have produced stem cells from endangered species for the first time. It is hoped that the production of stem cells…

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