Tagged: stem cells

The next pharmaceutical revolution could be 3D bioprinted - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 26, 2017

Aurelien Forget, Queensland University of Technology and Tim Dargaville, Queensland University of Technology Body organs such as kidneys, livers and hearts are incredibly complex tissues. Each is made up of many different cell types, plus other components that give the organs their structure and allow them to function as we need them to. For 3D printed … Read More

Natural Mutations and Sickle Cell Anaemia - News

Jean Balchin Jul 19, 2017

Using the gene-editing technique CRISPR, a UNSW Sydney-led team of scientists has introduced a beneficial natural mutation into blood cells, switching on production of foetal haemoglobin. This advance could eventually lead to a cure for sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders. Sickle Cell Anaemia Cells in tissues need a constant, steady supply of oxygen to function properly. Normally, … Read More

Creating eggs from stem cells raises questions - News

John Kerr Oct 19, 2016

The successful production of functional mouse eggs entirely in cell culture by Japanese scientists has been lauded as a technical feat, but there might be some tricky issues to tackle before even thinking about progressing the technology to humans. In a paper published in Nature yesterday Katsuhiko Hayashi from Kyushu University and colleagues reported the results of their experiments … Read More

New evidence supporting a link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 05, 2016

Scientists have just reported that in the lab, the Zika virus can infect and destroy neural stem cells that give rise to the brain’s cerebral cortex. Updated 6/3/2016 to include links to new papers Zika is the virus spread by mosquitoes (and more rarely by sexual transmission) that is currently causing concern across … Read More

Life, extended - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 07, 2014

Myths and legends, as well as more recent stories, have cautionary tales about those seeking immortality. But there are still those who long not just for a few more years of life, but decades extra before shuffling off this mortal coil. There seems plenty going on in the life extension world at the moment. Some good serious research, and others … Read More

Future Flash – McLab Burgers introduces Hyperloop intercity delivery system - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Aug 13, 2013

Personal jetpacks appear closer to hand, (sub)space tourism is heading to the launch pad, and Hyperloop travel is, possibly, on the drawing board. Is this, at last, the future some of us may have dreamed of? Not quite. Most of us won’t be able to afford these for some time. And given Wellington folk … Read More

Monday Micro: wiley bacterium makes ‘stem cells’ to aid dissemination - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 21, 2013

Mycobacterium leprae was apparently the first bacterium to be identified as causing disease in humans. The year was 1873. The disease was leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease. Despite popular belief, leprosy doesn’t make your arms and legs fall off. But if left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes, … Read More