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

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Wellcome awards Cambridge £18 million for two Discovery Research Platforms

04 May 2023

Cambridge has been awarded two of Wellcome’s eight new Discovery Research Platforms, the global charitable foundation announced today.

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‘Biohybrid’ device could restore function in paralysed limbs

22 Mar 2023

Researchers have developed a new type of neural implant that could restore limb function to amputees and others who have lost the use of their arms...

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The off-patent drug that could protect us from future COVID-19 variants

05 Dec 2022

Cambridge scientists have identified a drug that can be repurposed to prevent COVID-19 in research involving a unique mix of ‘mini-organs’, donor...

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First ever clinical trial of lab-grown red blood cell transfusion

07 Nov 2022

Cambridge researchers are taking part in the world’s first clinical trial of red blood cells that have been grown in a laboratory for transfusion...

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Clinical trial for new stem cell-based treatment for Parkinson’s disease given go ahead

20 Oct 2022

Cambridge researchers will play a key role in clinical trials of a new treatment that involves transplanting healthy nerve cells into the brains of...

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Large number of stem cell lines carry significant DNA damage, say researchers

11 Aug 2022

DNA damage caused by factors such as ultraviolet radiation affect nearly three-quarters of all stem cell lines derived from human skin cells, say...

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Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ hint at treatments for neurodegenerative diseases

21 Oct 2021

Cambridge researchers have developed ‘mini brains’ that allow them to study a fatal and untreatable neurological disorder causing paralysis and...

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Lab-grown beating heart cells identify potential drug to prevent COVID-19-related heart damage

05 Aug 2021

Cambridge scientists have grown beating heart cells in the lab and shown how they are vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection. In a study published in...

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Cholangiocyte organoids reconstruct human bile duct

Lab-grown ‘mini-bile ducts’ used to repair human livers in regenerative medicine first

18 Feb 2021

Scientists have used a technique to grow bile duct organoids – often referred to as ‘mini-organs’ – in the lab and shown that these can be used to...

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‘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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