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US bioethics commision promises policy action

Nature, News “Five months after abruptly dismantling the bioethics advisory council left by his predecessor, US President Barack Obama last week created a new bioethics commission...

Chief scientist quits California stem-cell agency

Nature News “The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in San Francisco is again under the microscope, following the resignation of its chief scientific officer and...

How to fix a broken heart?

Nature News “Clues about how human hearts form hint at routes to cell-based therapies.” Read More &raquo See related article: “Human ISL1 heart progenitors generate diverse...

iPS cells three years on

Nature “In the three years since Kazutoshi Takahashi and Shinya Yamanaka first demonstrated the generation of iPS (induced pluripotent stem) cells from ‘normal’ somatic cells using...

Stem-cell Clarity

Nature Editorial “The draft NIH guidelines on stem-cell research are a good first step, but some revision is needed.” Read More &raquo

Stem-cell therapies closer to the clinic

Nature News “A group of researchers in the United States and South Korea today announced a leap towards safe, clinically useful patient-specific stem cells.” Read More...

Draft stem-cell guidelines criticized

Nature News “As the National Institutes of Health (NIH) begins finalizing guidelines to govern US funding of human embryonic stem-cell research, an initial ripple of researcher...

Sounds Great, but What Does He Really Mean?

Washington Post “Last week, President Obama told Sen. Orrin Hatch, the veteran Utah Republican, that he would appoint a ‘pragmatist, not a radical,’ to replace retiring...

Elaine Fuchs: secrets of skin renewal

Nature Reports “Skin stem cells are constantly replacing and repairing the body’s surface. Fuchs says figuring out how this happens is a delight.” Read More &raquo

Stem-cell therapy faces more scrutiny in China

Nature “Beijing – The Chinese Ministry of Health has implemented regulations on the clinical application of cutting-edge therapies such as stem-cell injections.” Read More &raquo