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#Stem Cells

# stem-cells - Saturday 10 February, 2018

NUIG scientists develop new method of fighting breast cancer

Breast cancer patients whose cancer has spread still face relatively poor outcomes.

# stem-cells - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

Discovery from Irish researchers could pave way for new treatments for oesophageal cancer

This form of cancer is often resistant to treatment, but researchers say they’ve found a new means to fight it.

# stem-cells - Friday 19 December, 2014

Stem cells from human eggs can now be patented

Stem cells from human eggs can now be patented

That’s a ruling from Europe’s top court.

# stem-cells - Friday 5 September, 2014

New breakthrough could reduce the number of people suffering from blindness

Research conducted by scientists in NUI Galway could increase the number of successful cornea transplant operations.

# stem-cells - Thursday 28 August, 2014

Research conducted by Irish scientists could mean the end of organ donors

New technology uses sound waves to target specific cells.

# stem-cells - Friday 27 June, 2014

93% of Irish mothers want hospitals to store their umbilical cord blood

The blood is rich in stem cells that have been used in the treatment of many different cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders.

# stem-cells - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

Red blood cells grown in a lab to be trialled in humans

A team of researchers across Ireland and the United Kingdom used stem cells to grow red blood cells.

# stem-cells - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

New stem cell discovery made - but Ireland "far behind" with legislation

Japanese researchers find a new way of generating stem cells, but experts in Ireland are calling for developments here.

# stem-cells - Monday 27 January, 2014

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you start your week…

# stem-cells - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

Scientists create human stem cells by cloning for first time

The breakthrough is one of the most significant developments since Dolly the sheep – and could potentially be used to help diseases like Parkinson’s and MS.

# stem-cells - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

"Promising" stem cell treatment for diabetic wounds

Foot ulceration will affect up to 25 per cent of people with diabetes and may result in amputation.

# stem-cells - Monday 8 October, 2012

Pioneering stem cell work wins Nobel Prize for researchers

Shinya Yamanaka of Japan and John Gurdon of Britain found that adult cells could be transformed back to stem cells.

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# stem-cells - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Potential infertility cure: stem cells create viable eggs in mice

It’s a long way from working in humans but researchers have made a leap forward.

# stem-cells - Thursday 14 June, 2012

Poll: Do you support embryonic stem cell research? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you support embryonic stem cell research?

We’d like to know: do you support embryonic stem cell research?

Girl, 10, receives vein grown from own stem cells

A young girl in Sweden has had a major vein replaced with another grown using her own stem cells.

# stem-cells - Tuesday 27 March, 2012

Vatican calls off conference on medical use of stem cells

The Irish Stem Cell Foundation has expressed regret over the decision, saying the Vatican’s willingness to host the conference had been seen as the beginning of “a dialogue” on the issue.

# stem-cells - Monday 27 February, 2012

Study finds young women have egg-producing stem cells after all

Doctors had believed women were born with all of the eggs they would ever have, but new research suggests young women could produce new eggs.

# stem-cells - Monday 20 February, 2012

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know by 9am, including: Final day of Xi visit, Greece set for €130bn loan, Bank of Ireland cuts its losses, and are you hungry enough for a test tube hamburger?

# stem-cells - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

"Broken hearts" could be healed with stem cells

A study by American doctors showed that scar tissue mass that occurred after a heart attack could be reduced after treatment with the patient’s own stem cells.

# stem-cells - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

European Court bans patenting of embryonic stem cells for research Stem Cells This post contains videos

European Court bans patenting of embryonic stem cells for research

Scientists have criticised the decision of Europe’s top court, saying it is “the worst possible outcome” in the battle against neurodegenerative diseases.

# stem-cells - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Column: In the future, stem cells will take people out of wheelchairs

Martin Codyre was left paralysed from the shoulders down by an accident. He believes regenerative medicine could offer him a cure – but says ‘miracle’ scams are taking vital funds away from patients.

# stem-cells - Thursday 22 September, 2011

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# stem-cells - Friday 8 July, 2011

The Daily Fix: Friday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Friday

In today’s Fix: leaked NOTW audio; the end of an era for NASA’s shuttles; and no more casual Fridays at the Dáil…

Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Family will borrow €10,000 to harvest 'life-saving' stem cells for son

Heavily pregnant woman says she was told at 20 weeks that she could have the procedure at Holles Street – but with only weeks left to give birth, is having to go private.

# stem-cells - Thursday 7 July, 2011

World's first synthetic organ transplant carried out in Sweden

The artificial windpipe was grown in a lab and transplanted into a 36-year-old man suffering from tracheal cancer.

# stem-cells - Wednesday 19 January, 2011

Teeth pulled for stem cell harvest

Some parents in the US have been bringing their children to have baby teeth removed in the hopes that stem cells harvested from them might help with future health problems.

# stem-cells - Monday 11 October, 2010

First human trial of stem cell treatment underway

Controversial study begins treating its first patient in the US.

# stem-cells - Friday 20 August, 2010

STEM CELLS HAVE long been touted as something of a miracle, being manipulable into pretty much any organ a human might need for transplant – like a heart, lung, kidney, or – as Ciarán Finn-Lynch found out recently – even a windpipe.

But now researchers may have found, almost entirely by accident, what appears to be a medical breakthrough to perhaps trump all the above, in terms of the number of interested parties.

Scientists have discovered that stem cells can be used to treat… baldness.

Researchers tinkering with cells from a rat’s thymus – which forms part of the immune system, and is also present in humans – were experimenting with the effects of transplanting the cells into growing skin as a way of helping to generate new skin for burn victims.

The skin cells produced, completely beyond their expectations, included fully functioning hair follacles. The cells, it would appear, simply forgot they were from the thymus, and took the form of skin cells as if that was what they were all along.

The breakthrough is a massive leap: previously skin generated from stem cells only lived for a few weeks, while the newly-discovered formula can create cells that live for a year or longer – enough time for the body to begin producing more cells of its own.

Aside from debunking the traditional theory that cells of one sort could not become cells of another, the scientists also suspect that the thymus cells may now also be replicable for other organs too, producing a far faster way of generating new organs and tissues.