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

Women in STEM: Oluwaseun Ogundele

27 Feb 2020

Oluwaseun Ogundele is a research assistant in the Hendrich Lab at the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. Here, she tells us about her work...

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'Lab in your phone' lets you play the scientific life

25 Feb 2020

A unique, free new game – “part Sims, part Tamagotchi” – lets players inhabit a stem cell researcher as they rise through the ranks: growing cells...

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Aged rat brain stem cells grown on a soft surface (right) show more healthy, vigorous growth than similar aged brain stem cells grown on a stiff surface (left)

Cambridge scientists reverse ageing process in rat brain stem cells

14 Aug 2019

New research reveals how increasing brain stiffness as we age causes brain stem cell dysfunction, and demonstrates new ways to reverse older stem...

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New stem cell combination could help to repair damaged hearts

05 Aug 2019

A combination of heart cells derived from human stem cells could be the answer to developing a desperately-needed treatment for heart failure...

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‘Fingerprint database’ could help scientists to identify new cancer culprits

16 Apr 2019

Scientists in Cambridge and London have developed a catalogue of DNA mutation ‘fingerprints’ that could help doctors pinpoint the environmental...

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HIV remission achieved in second patient

05 Mar 2019

A second person has experienced sustained remission from HIV-1 after ceasing treatment, according to a study published today in Nature.

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‘Mini-placentas’ could provide a model for early pregnancy

28 Nov 2018

Researchers say that new ‘mini-placentas’ – a cellular model of the early stages of the placenta – could provide a window into early pregnancy and...

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“With this vial, we could potentially feed the entire planet”

08 Nov 2018

Would you eat a burger that had been grown in a lab? It may not be long before this is a choice at your local supermarket. Given the environmental...

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Scientists develop mouse ‘embryo-like structures’ with organisation along body’s major axes

03 Oct 2018

A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed an artificial mouse embryo-like structure capable of forming the three major axes...

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Scientists generate key life event in artificial mouse ‘embryo’ created from stem cells

23 Jul 2018

The creation of artificial embryos has moved a step forward after an international team of researchers used mouse stem cells to produce artificial...

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New innovation hub aims to take a 'moon shot' at cystic fibrosis

18 Apr 2018

Almost 30 years on from the discovery of the genetic defect that causes cystic fibrosis, treatment options are still limited and growing antibiotic...

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The body in miniature

20 Mar 2018

The past few years has seen an explosion in the number of studies using organoids – so-called ‘mini organs’. While they can help scientists...

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