Artificial blood for humans ‘will be manufactured in factories’


Wellcome Trust-funded stem cell research has produced red blood cells fit for transfusion into humans.

The production of blood on an industrial scale could become a reality once a trial is conducted in which artificial blood made from human stem cells is tested in patients for the first time. It is the latest breakthrough in scientists’ efforts to re-engineer the body, which have already resulted in the likes of 3d-printed bones and bionic limbs.


Stem cells repair and strengthen muscles in aged mice

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Stem cell therapy could be used to help older patients recover from muscular injuries.

People become less able to bounce back from injuries as they age. This is a problem that adds risk to many of the common medical procedures the elderly face. At the same time, stem cells’ greatest promise is to allow people to produce new, healthy tissue to recover from illness or injury. But because stem cell therapies remain cutting edge, they have largely been used to target life-threatening problems such as heart failure.



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Instant skin graft spray gun offers new treatment for burn victims

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Revolutionary development: The stem cell spray gun treats burns in 1.5 hours.

Doctor Jörg Gerlach, of the University of Pittsburgh’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine has created a prototype medical device that literally sprays skin cells onto burn victims to re-grow skin.



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World’s first lab-grown hamburger will cost $325,000

The Frankenburger will cost $325,000.

The “Frankenburger,” an in vitro meat is about to be served to a select number of guests in London in the United Kingdom during the first week of August. The Frankenburger is synthetic meat grown from harvested cow stem cells. Each consists of 3,000 grain-sized strips of artificially created beef.



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How 3D printing can build new bone using stem cells

Using 3D printing, researchers can create scaffolds to repair/replace bone tissue.

A new technique that involves 3D printing a tissue using living stem cells could repair damaged bones. For example, if a child had a jawbone defect, you could take an image of the defect, feed it into a computer and print a replacement to precisely fill the defect using the patient’s own cells, said Kevin Shakeshaff, a pharmacist at the University of Nottingham in England.



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Researchers clone human embryonic stem cells

Creating stem cells from skin.

Researchers have converted human skin cells into embryonic stem cells using the same process involved in cloning, which have the capability to turn into any type of cell in the body. Stem cell researchers have reached a long-sought milestone in “regenerative” medicine that seeks to provide rejection-free replacement transplant tissues to patients.



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9 technologies of the future that will radically change the world

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The power of technology has been shaping our world. Within a generation we’ve seen space stations built, computing speeds quicken exponentially, and the internet boom. In fact, technological advances now happen so rapidly that our current way of life may seem hopelessly outdated within another decade.



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Repairing heart attack damage without using stem cells


Researchers used molecules called microRNAs to convert scar tissue (called fibroblasts) into heart muscle cells.

When someone suffers a heart attack, scar tissue forms over the damaged areas of the heart, reducing the organ’s function.   In a new study, scientists successfully turned this scar tissue into working heart muscle without the use of stem cells.

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Stem cells can reverse heart attack damage


A ground-breaking study that may change how heart attacks are treated.

When a person has a heart attack a piece of muscle in a person’s heart dies from lack of blood flow , it scars over and is lost.  But a team of researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles has proven that those muscles may not necessarily be gone forever.

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