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Scientists grow liver stem cells in mice

Researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children's Hospital claim to have developed a method to grow liver stem cells in culture, a breakthrough that could be significant in advancing hepatitis research, transplantation for cirrhosis and other chronic liver conditions, and for conducting drug-metabolism and toxicity studies.

Facebook, Google founders award $33M to life scientists

Eleven scientists have been named winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences prize. The scientists, whose specialties include genetics, stem cells and cancer, will receive $3 million each to pursue scientific projects.

Human stem cell trial set to begin in Japan

The first clinical study to put induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into humans is soon to get under way in Japan, where an institutional review board at the Institute for Biomedical Research and Innovation gave conditional approval.

Researchers find TB hiding in bone marrow

Bone marrow stem cells may provide a way to target and treat inactive tuberculosis, which can hide in the body and emerge later on down the road, well after aggressive drug therapy.

Doctor calls for boost in cord blood stem cell research

Embryonic stem cell research has yet to live up to all the hype. So far, human embryonic stem cells, or hESCs, haven't yielded any cures or therapies to treat diseases. Read more >>

Stem cells help rats recover from stroke

Stem cell research with rats may provide hope to stroke victims. In rats, stem cells repaired brain and nerve damage after a stroke, returning the animals to near normal within just a couple of weeks.

Salk Institute gets $42M grant to study chronic diseases, establish new genomic center

The La Jolla, CA-based Salk Institute for Biological Studies has landed a $42 million grant to establish the Helmsley Center for Genomic Medicine. The award, from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, is the biggest in Salk's history.

Stem cell research needs breakthroughs

Stem cell-based therapeutics are a fast-growing area of early-stage biotech research, but they need better production methods to enable large-scale R&D.

Stem cells cut heart damage in muscular dystrophy mice

Stem cells from blood vessels could reduce or even prevent heart damage in people with the inherited muscle-wasting disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Stem cells show early promise in ALS

In a mouse study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, injected neural stem cells moved to the spinal cord and multiplied, extending life span 20 days and improving muscle function 15%.