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

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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Study in mice suggests personalised stem cell treatment may offer relief for progressive MS

22 Feb 2018

Scientists have shown in mice that skin cells re-programmed into brain stem cells, transplanted into the central nervous system, help reduce...

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Plants increase flower production within a day of soil nutrient application

23 Jan 2018

The molecular mechanisms enabling plants to quickly adapt their rate of flower production in response to changing nutrient levels in soil have been...

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‘Mini liver tumours’ created in a dish for the first time

16 Nov 2017

Scientists have created mini biological models of human primary liver cancers, known as organoids, in the lab for the first time. In a paper...

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Synthetic organs, nanobots and DNA ‘scissors’: the future of medicine

12 Oct 2017

Nanobots that patrol our bodies, killer immune cells hunting and destroying cancer cells, biological scissors that cut out defective genes: these are...

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Scientists reveal the beautiful simplicity underlying branching patterns in tissue

21 Sep 2017

In the centenary year of the publication of a seminal treatise on the physical and mathematical principles underpinning nature – On Growth and Form...

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Artificial bile ducts grown in lab and transplanted into mice could help treat liver disease in children

03 Jul 2017

Cambridge scientists have developed a new method for growing and transplanting artificial bile ducts that could in future be used to help treat liver...

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Patching up a broken heart

16 Jun 2017

It is almost impossible for an injured heart to fully mend itself. Within minutes of being deprived of oxygen – as happens during a heart attack when...

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Similarities in human and pig embryos provide clues to early stages of development

07 Jun 2017

Scientists have shown how the precursors of egg and sperm cells – the cells that are key to the preservation of a species – arise in the early embryo...

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New insights into how the Zika virus causes brain birth defect

01 Jun 2017

Scientists have uncovered why Zika virus may specifically target neural stem cells in the developing brain, potentially leading to microcephaly – a...

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