Stem cells are biological cells found in all multi-cellular organisms, that can divide into diverse specialised cell types and can self-renew to produce more stem cells. Human adult stem cells are routinely used in medical therapies, for example in bone marrow transplants. Stem cells can also be artificially grown and transformed into specialised cell types with characteristics consistent with cells of various tissues such as muscles or nerves.
This raises the distant possibility of doing the same for people – although no one knows whether the same technique would work in human stem cells.
The 53-year-old, known as the Düsseldorf Patient, is just the third person worldwide to be cured of the condition using the stem cell treatment.
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About 180 local and overseas healthcare start-ups to showcase innovations at Asia Summit on Global Health.
Scientist says ultimate research goal is to introduce stem cells to injured human brain tissue locally to restart any regeneration genes.
Learning how pollution and overfishing are damaging marine ecosystems and how the nascent business of using stem cells to grow meat was gaining traction prompted Carrie Chan to launch Avant Meats.
Researchers say they turned one type of stem cell into another that can develop into all types in the body.
Researchers hope the rejuvenation method could see applications like speeding up healing time in burn victims, and eventually extending human life.
Human stem cells injected into macaque embryos to explore possibility of growing organs for transplants, although some raise fears over where it could lead.
Along with academic research departments around the world, private sector medical technology companies are getting in on the action, seeking ways to increase longevity
The past year has seen advancements to CRISPR, the technique used by Chinese researcher He Jiankui to alter the DNA of Chinese twin girls Lula and Nana, despite the controversy.
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At least 17 people have been hospitalised in the US after being injected with products made from umbilical cord blood. Stem cell treatments are booming, even as health authorities ring alarm bells about some of their unproven claims.
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Science ministry promises to report back on findings after Shenzhen researcher claims world first.
Move to amend law and public consultation follow recent case in which a woman died and three others were seriously injured after experimental procedure.
Researchers in Japan have used human stem cells to create tiny human livers like those that arise early in fetal life. When the scientists transplanted the rudimentary livers into mice, the little organs grew, made human liver proteins, and metabolised drugs as human livers do.
Two men with HIV have been off Aids drugs for several months after receiving stem-cell transplants for cancer that appear to have cleared the virus from their bodies, researchers reported.
US researchers have reported a breakthrough in stem cell research, describing how they have turned human skin cells into embryonic stem cells for the first time.
Imagine this: a car crash victim who suffers serious trauma to the brain avoids neurological damage after the doctors regenerate his lost brain matter using stem cells in the lab.
Work out now and continue to reap the benefits later. A new study in the United States has found that having a higher fitness level in midlife appears to be associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia in later years.
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Researchers are a step closer to developing therapies for the deadly condition, known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C).