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Currently, stem cell based treatments are still mostly experimental, and while some results are encouraging, several clinical trials have failed. (Shutterstock)

Stem cell treatments: Miracle cures or dangerous experiments?

Stem cells show much promise, both for testing drugs and for treating disease. But the hype around them has been dangerous, as most treatments are in very experimental stages and can cause harm.
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.
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.
Current clinical trials are evaluating stem cell therapies for conditions ranging from eye disease to AIDS. from

Stem cell therapies are advancing, but will Australian patients be left behind?

Current clinical trials testing stem cell therapies for a number of diseases are going on in the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and elsewhere, but not in Australia.
How regenerative medicine is born. nelas

New stem cell technique bypasses ethical concerns

Stem cell and cloning research using human cells remain controversial, even though it is nearly 20 years since Dolly the sheep became the first mammal to be cloned. One of the main reasons for this controversy…
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.

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 damaged body parts, and the new test potentially reduces the risk of unwanted tumours…
The nucleus of a cell containing an individual’s DNA was transplanted into an egg cell that has had its genetic material removed. OHSU Photos

Human embryonic stem cells grown from skin tissue

Scientists have successfully reprogrammed human skin cells to become embryonic stem cells capable of transforming into any other cell type in the body. While researchers have previously been able to make…
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…

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