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

‘Mini-lungs’ reveal early stages of SARS-CoV-2 infection

23 Oct 2020

‘Mini-lungs’ grown from tissue donated to Cambridge hospitals have provided a team of scientists from South Korea and the UK with important insights...

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Secrets of naked mole-rat cancer resistance unearthed

01 Jul 2020

Naked mole-rats can live for an incredibly long time and have an exceptional resistance to cancer thanks to unique conditions in their bodies that...

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Human embryo-like model created from human stem cells

11 Jun 2020

New ‘gastruloid’ model, created from human stem cells, holds huge potential to understand causes of birth defects and improve disease modelling.

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The Academy of Medical Sciences announces new Fellows for 2020

13 May 2020

Six affiliates of the University of Cambridge are among 50 world-leading UK researchers who have been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the...

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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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