iPSCs

Ethical Stem Cells Create Human “Mini-Brains”

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The induced pluripotent stem cell breakthrough continues to be useful in the very ways that “the scientists” once said only human cloning could provide. Now, in what appears to be a very notable breakthrough, they have been used to make patient-specific, tailor made neural cells for study. More, they have even created a “mini-brain.” From […]

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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Human Trial

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The first induced pluripotent stem cell human trial — that is, ethical stem cells made from skin or other tissues — is about to begin. Like the two (or is it three?) existing embryonic stem cell trials, it has to do with eye disease. From the Nature News story: On 1 August, researchers at the […]

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Stem Cell Hypocrisy

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Oh brother. Nature has editorialized against exaggerating adult stem cell potentials for medical cures, which it claims occurred at a Vatican stem cell conference. From “Smoke and Mirrors:” Many scientists around the world were appalled by the events in Rome, and rightly so. It is wrong to exploit the desperation of the disabled and the […]

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First Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Trial

At present, there are three small human safety embryonic stem cell studies. All deal with macular degeneration-type conditions. And now, a human trial looks to soon get underway in Japan using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), that is, stem cells made from a patient’s own skin or other tissues. From the Nature News story: Having […]

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Ethical Stem Cells as Effective as Embryonic

Recent experiments with mice indicate that induced pluripotent stem cells — that is embryonic-like stem cells made from skin — are as effective as their unethically derived cousins. From the Nature News report: A paper published in Nature today could dispel a cloud over the hopes of turning a patient’s own cells into perfectly matched […]

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Non Embryonic Pluripotent Stem Cell Human Trial Soon?

Advanced Cell Technology claims it will soon apply to the FDA to conduct a human trial using induced pluripotent stem cells, that is, stem cells created from normal skin or other somatic cells. From the Wall Street Journal story: A Massachusetts biotechnology company said it expects as early as Friday to start the process for […]

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Stem Cells from Skin Cells Wins Nobel Prize

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This is so deserved! When Shinya Yamanaka visited an embryonic stem cell researcher and looked at embryos under a microscope, he thought of his daughters. That insight changed science history. Yamanaka decided to see if he could create pluripotent stem cells — which can be differentiated into any type of body cell — without destroying […]

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Lead Into Gold: IPSCs Continue to Amaze

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Another breakthrough was announced by Stanford scientists using induced pluripotent stem cells. From the press release: Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have shown that iPS cells, viewed as a possible alternative to human embryonic stem cells, can mirror the defining defects of a genetic […]

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Functional Liver Cells Made from Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Good news on the iPSC front. Scientists have created working liver cells from skin cells. From the MSNBC story: British scientists have developed a new stem cell technique for growing working liver cells which could eventually avoid the need for costly and risky liver transplants. […]

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Human Cloning Research Breakthrough Is Unethical

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The Washington Post headline is misleading: “Scientists Report Possibly Crucial Advance in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.” In actuality, this is a potential advance in human cloning research.(Scientists have long known how to create ES cell lines from destroyed embryos.) The story, byline Rob Stein, […]

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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Akin to Embryonic Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Ethical stem cell research continues to advance. The University of Wisconsin, Madison — where human ESCs were first derived — has found the IPSCs and ESCs are virtually identical. From the U of W story: A study released Sunday shows embryonic stem cells and induced […]

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IPS Stem Cells Could Allow Human Organs to be Grown in Pigs

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Again, we see the importance of animal research, with the potential that the organ shortage could be largely solved by growing patient DNA-identical human organs in pigs for transplant. From the Telegraph story: Scientists have found they can create chimeric animals that have organs belonging […]

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National Science Foundation Misleads About Adult Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC They have to know better than this. The National Science Foundation has erroneously conflated “induced pluripotent stem cells” with “adult” stem cells in discussing a report — which I also covered here — calling for continued federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. From its […]

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IPSCs in Mice Stimulate Immune Response

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC A recent mouse experiment showed that IPSCs stimulate tissue rejection in mice. From the story: In an unexpected setback to efforts to harness a promising new type of stem cell to treat diseases, researchers reported on Friday that tissues made from those stem cells might […]

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Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells Grow New Retina in Dish

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Japanese scientists have used ES cells to grow a primordial retina. From the story: The team from the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Japan, first cultivated embryonic stem cells in a test tube and then added proteins to trigger them into developing. They […]

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Ethical Stem Cell Research Continues to Advance

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The days of embryonic stem cells as “the only hope” are long gone. Sure scientists still talk about them as the “gold standard” and media still pound the drum, but the paint is fast pealing off that meme. Moreover, the field is only inching forward […]

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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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