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Scientists Can Now Grow a Beating Human Heart from Stem Cells

Indy100.com   by Louis Dore in tech  January 2017 A team of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have used adult skin cells to regenerate functional human heart tissue. The study, published in the journal Circulation Research, detailed that the team took adult skin cells, using a technique called messenger RNA to turn them […]

Sperm and Eggs Grown in a Petri Dish Could Revolutionise Reproduction

Michael Cook  BioEdge  Jan 14, 2017   The imminent arrival of eggs and sperm grown from skin cells makes legislative change imperative, three Ivy League professors argue in the journal Science Translational Medicine. IVF was a game-changing technology, write Glenn Cohen, of Harvard Law School, George Q. Daley, of Harvard Medical School, and Eli Y. […]

Scientists Create a Part-Human, Part-Pig Embryo — Raising the Possibility of Interspecies Organ Transplants

Washington Post Jan 26, 2017  Sarah Kaplan For the first time, scientists have grown an embryo that is part-pig, part-human. The experiment, described Thursday in the journal Cell, involves injecting human stem cells into the embryo of a pig, then implanting the embryo in the uterus of a sow and allowing it to grow. After four weeks, the […]

Is There a Last-Minute Hitch With 3-Parent Embryo Trials?

December 11, 2016  BioEdge  Michael Cook Just as scientists in the UK are about to begin clinical trials with three-parent embryos, a study in Nature asserts that it may not work for some patients. The technique is intended to help women who are carriers of mitochondrial disease to give birth to healthy children. The nuclear DNA […]

CRISPR Used for First Time to Correct Clotting in Newborn and Adult Mice

Nov 30, 2016 Science Daily University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine   CRISPR/Cas9, a powerful genome editing tool, is showing promise for efficient correction of disease-causing mutations. For the first time, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a dual gene therapy approach to deliver key components of […]

Row Over Allowing Research on 28-Day Embryos

The Guardian Dec 4, 2016  Robin McKie, Science Editor Scientists will make a controversial call this week to extend the current 14-day limit for carrying out experiments on human embryos to 28 days. The move follows recent breakthroughs that have allowed researchers to double the time embryos can be kept alive in the laboratory. By […]

World’s First Baby Born with Controversial New ‘Three-Parent’ Technique

The Independant Ian Johnston Science Correspondent Tuesday 27 September 2016 The world’s first child created using a controversial “three-parent” baby technique has been born in Mexico, it has been announced. Limited details about the birth were revealed ahead of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s scientific congress in Salt Lake City next month, where it will be discus...