Lab-grown organs may not be so easy to transplant into a patient.
The idea behind regenerative medicine is that the patient is both the donor and recipient of healthy tissue grown from stem cells. But sometimes the transplanted cells are rejected. Now we know why.
Patient with leg ulcers.
Dangerous open wounds known as cutaneous ulcers are common in people with diabetes and bedsores. Now scientists have figured out how to reprogram the cells inside these wounds to heal themselves.
Stem cells show potential for treating injuries, but some lab trials show they could be harmful too.
The red shows rat cells in the developing heart of a mouse embryo.
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.
Melissa Little (right) and Minoru Takasato (centre) from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute won the 2016 UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research for work on growing kidney tissue from stem cells.
The pioneers of Australian scientific research, education and communication have been recognised in the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
“Now, what did I do with my old left leg?”
Newts are unique within the salamander family for the way they regrow limbs. And along with fossils are giving clues to a unique ability to regenerate.
Ok, when will it come back?
Plucking hairs from the scalp causes surrounding hairs to regenerate, and could be a novel treatment for alopecia sufferers.
Humans have some regenerative abilities but compared to creatures like the salamander, which has an amazing ability to regenerate after injury, we’re pretty limited. Not only are salamanders the only adult…
The glossy version.
National Museum of Capodimonte
Today we wish a very happy 116th birthday to Misao Okawa who was born in Japan in 1898, making her the world’s oldest person. When she was young, Einstein hadn’t yet grasped the mysteries of a relative…
Not quite at this stage yet.
“Mini brains” with separate working regions have been grown using stem cells in the lab for the first time. They have similarities…
A new animal study shows we’re making small progress in working out how to grow limbs.
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Damage to vital organs, the spinal cord, or limbs can have an enormous impact on our ability to move, function – and even live. But imagine if you could restore these tissues back to their original condition…