Stem cells, the 'building blocks' for every type of cell in the body, have tremendous potential to improve human health.

Miniature ‘womb lining’ grown in lab could reveal secrets of menstrual cycle and early pregnancy

10 Apr 2017

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have succeeded in growing miniature functional models of the lining of the womb (uterus) in culture. These...

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New stem cell method produces millions of human brain and muscle cells in days

23 Mar 2017

Scientists at the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have created a new technique that simplifies the production of...

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Visualising the genome: researchers create first 3D structures of active DNA

13 Mar 2017

Scientists have determined the first 3D structures of intact mammalian genomes from individual cells, showing how the DNA from all the chromosomes...

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Scientists create artificial mouse ‘embryo’ from stem cells for first time

02 Mar 2017

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have managed to create a structure resembling a mouse embryo in culture, using two types of stem cells –...

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Cambridge study named as People’s Choice for Science magazine’s ‘Breakthrough of the Year 2016’

22 Dec 2016

Cambridge research that will enable scientists to grow and study embryos in the lab for almost two weeks has been named as the People’s Choice for...

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Cambridge’s Gurdon Institute and Stem Cell Institute receive five year funding boost

07 Dec 2016

Two Cambridge institutes have today been confirmed as major research centres by biomedical research charity Wellcome, receiving continued support for...

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Enhanced CRISPR lets scientists explore all steps of health and disease in every cell type

29 Nov 2016

Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge have created sOPTiKO, a more efficient and enhanced inducible...

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Dish Life: a Cambridge Shorts film

21 Nov 2016

Science is demanding as well as exciting. Dish Life , the final of four Cambridge Shorts films, compares the task of raising stem cells in the lab to...

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Where did it all go wrong? Scientists identify ‘cell of origin’ in skin cancers

08 Jul 2016

Scientists have identified for the first time the ‘cell of origin’ – in other words, the first cell from which the cancer grows – in basal cell...

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Anatomy of a decision: mapping early development

06 Jul 2016

In the first genome-scale experiment of its kind, researchers have gained new insights into how a mouse embryo first begins to transform from a ball...

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Scientists develop human embryos beyond implantation stage for first time

04 May 2016

A new technique that allows embryos to develop in vitro beyond the implantation stage (when the embryo would normally implant into the womb) has been...

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Embryo development: Some cells are more equal than others even at four-cell stage

24 Mar 2016

Genetic ‘signatures’ of early-stage embryos confirm that our development begins to take shape as early as the second day after conception, when we...

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