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Scientists hope that stem cells may be able to repair nerves and other cells that support transmission of electrical impulses in the spinal cord. binomialphoto/flickr

Yes there’s hope, but treating spinal injuries with stem cells is not a reality yet

Claims that stem cell treatments can repair spinal injuries right now are overblown. But it's not for lack of trying, and the science is certainly progressing.
The red shows rat cells in the developing heart of a mouse embryo. Salk Institute

What’s the benefit in making human-animal hybrids?

Human-animal hybrids - or 'chimeras' - might sound strange, but they offer great hope for new life saving therapies, as long as key ethical boundaries are respected.
Deficiencies in a critical nutrient can lead to an abnormally wired brain. Illustration of a network of nerve cells in the. brain. Benedict Campbell, Wellcome Images/Flickr

New autism research: a nutrient called carnitine might counteract gene mutations linked with ASD risks

A gene mutation that causes problems for neural stem cells – the building blocks of the brain – could be corrected by adding carnitine.
The new test can identify unsafe stem cells, reducing the risk of unwanted tumours forming. Stem cells may one day be used to regrow damaged body parts. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bwjones/

New stem cell test may reduce tumour risk

Australian researchers have developed a test to identify unsafe stem cells. Stem cells may one day be used to help regrow…
Sperm is injected into an egg cell using a microscope at an IVF clinic. EPA/Waltraud Grubitzsch

IVF babies at greater risk of heart problems in later life

Babies born through IVF procedures are at greater risk of developing heart problems, according to research that suggests…

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