iPS cells

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Research Permits “Disease in a Dish” Research of Parkinson’s

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Another big breakthrough on the IPSC front: Skin cells from a patient with Parkinson’s — a variety caused by a genetic condition — have been turned into neural cells, and then studied as the Parkinson’s destroys the tissue. From the story: There are no cures […]

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Lead Into Gold: Human IPSCs Restore Mobility to Paralyzed Monkey

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Wow. Japanese scientists claim that they restored mobility to a paralyzed monkey–note the need for using animals in research–with human induced pluripotent stem cells. From the story: Japanese researchers said Wednesday they had used stem cells to restore partial mobility in a small monkey that […]

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Judging my 2010 Prognostications

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC It’s that time of year when the CBC asks me to look back on my annual predictions in the world of bioethics to see how I did. The answer? Quite well. In fact, I think it was my best year ever. Continue Reading at CBC-Network.org […]

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Skin Cells Turned Directly Into Human Blood

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Scientists have used a modified version of the induced pluripotent stem cell process to create blood cells out of skin cells — without going through the pluripotent stage. This could be big. From the story: Mick Bhatia, scientific director of McMaster’s Stem Cell and Cancer […]

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Ethical Stem Cell Breakthrough! IPSCs Without Genes or Viruses

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Never underestimate the creativity and excellence of our scientists. New research seems to have overcome the difficulties of IPSCs, allowing pluripotent stem cells to be created from normal body cells without using genes or viruses. From the story in the Washington Post: In 2006, researchers […]

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Ethical Stem Cells Advancing!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Perhaps the worst things President Obama did when he rescinded President Bush’s ESCR funding policy, was that he also revoked a non controversial Bush order that required the NIH to give funding priority to finding sources of pluripotent stem cells that do not destroy embryos. […]

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Change of Tide: Former ESC Resarcher Abandons Field For IPSCs

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The always informative Michael Cook over at Bioedge notes that a former enthusiast and participant in ESCR has abandoned the field to pursue IPSCs. From the post: Amongst scientists who promoted the use of human embryonic stem cells five years ago, in the middle of […]

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IPSCs Less Efficient Than ESCs in Side-by-Side Comparisons

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The argument over embryonic stem cell research–and it’s first cousin and real agenda, human cloning research–has always been an ethics debate, not a science debate. But that doesn’t mean that scientific efforts to find ethical “alternatives’ to ESCR should not be engaged. That is one […]

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“Direct Reprogramming:” Mouse Cells Transformed Into Brain Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Holy cow! Scientists have demonstrated that pluripotency may not be necessary to transform cells into other body tissues, meaning that “stem cells” might prove unnecessary in regenerative medicine. In mice, they transformed fibroblasts–cells that construct connective tissue –directly into functional brain cells. From the story: […]

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Why Embryonic Stem Cells Are Obsolete

Check this out, from this article. “Even as the future of embryonic stem cells has dimmed, adult stem cell research has scored major wins evident just in the past few months. These advances involve human stem cells that are not derived from human embryos. In fact, adult stem cells, which occur in small quantities in […]

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Human-Animal Hybrid Research in UK Can’t Get Funding

Last year with all the breakthroughs in iPS cell research, I thought that would be the end of the human cloning debate. Seems there is finally a crack in the wall as it relates to human-animal hybrid research (pursued largely because of the lack of human eggs, the scientist uses animal eggs). While three licenses […]

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Promising Stem Cell Research – Bank on It!

He wins again! Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan and KING of the induced pluripotent stem cell, a technique which allows you to take adult stem cells and turn them back to an embryonic state. While not able to go to human trials yet and not without safety hurdles to overcome (i.e. tumor formation […]

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iPS Cell Advances Again

More breakthroughs which will overcome the ethical issues surrounding embryonic stem cell research and cloning research. Since this is supposed to be about cures. Right?! “Scientists are reporting today that they have overcome a major obstacle to using a promising alternative to embryonic stem cells, bolstering the prospects for bypassing the political and ethical tempest […]

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Scientists Reprogram Adult Cells’ Function

When something is unethical, and the pressure is put on to find an ethical way it forces us to be innovative and creative in finding solutions to our problems. That is the case in the great stem cell debate. Creating embryos for destruction or destroying “surplus” embryos to treat a sick patient is unethical. And […]

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iPS Cell Advances for ALS Patient

Big news today with more advances with iPS cells. “Harvard and Columbia scientists have for the first time used a new technique to transform an ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) patient’s skin cells into motor neurons, a process that may be used in the future to create tailor-made cells to treat the […]

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Improved Technique Makes it Easier to Form Powerful Stem Cells

More breakthrough developments in iPS cells. “A new method may allow scientists to reduce the risk of cancer as they turn adult stem cells to a more powerful, embryonic-like state, according to a study in mice. By inserting just two genes into some adult brain cells, German scientists found a way to give them the […]

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Let’s Watch this Company

IZUMI Bio, Inc., is using the power of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to transform drug discovery and regenerative medicine. ShareTweetPinShare

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Smart Biotechnology Funding

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm in the Silicon Valley has just bet on adult stem cell research. While the amount of funding is still not known, we do know that they’ve invested in a new Bay Area company, iZumi Bio Inc. Collaborative work with iZumi and San Francisco based J.David Gladstone […]

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