After spending a fantastic week at the Hydra XI Summer School where I learned so much about stem cells and was inspired by the public engagement sessions, I was keen to share my knowledge and passion about this scientific field with visitors to the Night of Arts & Science Festival in Leiden, the Netherlands.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that cells are very diverse in their shapes and functions. Even stem cells have diverse needs and environmental conditions depending on what types of cells they make in the body. This diversity can make studying some stem cells particularly difficult, such as cardiovascular/heart stem cells
In the last few years, the scientific community has seen rapid development of a new and ‘game-changing’ technology called CRISPR/Cas9. But what is CRISPR? How is it is being used by stem cell researchers? And why has it sparked debate? In this blog post, Dong Liu (PhD student at MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine) describes a technology that is altering the pace and possibilities of stem cell research.
A new report looks at how UK institutions and agencies are 'readying' themselves for the opportunities and challenges of regenerative medicine. Produced by the ESRC-funded REGenableMED project, it covers key developments in the UK regenerative medicine policy sector, the challenges faced, and some of the responses to those challenges.
Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder whose causes are not fully understood. Recent work by scientists at Yale University has shown that organoids – miniature three-dimensional organ buds – grown from stem cells could help shed some light on autism spectrum disorder (ASD).