• 5 August, 2021

    Setting the Standards – New Stem Cell Research Guidelines Released

    The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) today released updated guidelines for stem cell research and its translation to medicine. Developed in response to recent scientific and clinical advances, the revised guidelines provide a series of detailed and practical recommendations that set out global standards for how these emerging technologies should be harnessed.
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    • 8 June, 2021

    I’ll Take My Burger with a Side of Sustainability

    Imagine that a chef personally asks you to taste a new burger recipe. It looks medium rare as requested, has a satisfying texture, and most importantly, it tastes delightfully meaty. What if they tell you that the burger you just ate was better for animals, the environment, and your health? Then they tell you that the burger was not made from a cow, but rather, from stem cells in a lab.
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    • 2 March, 2021

    Can Stem Cell Research Save Endangered Species?

    Many species are facing eradication as the Earth undergoes its sixth mass extinction. Human innovation and changes to behavior, however, can slow down this annihilation of species through conscious environmental preservation, and surprisingly, stem cell research.
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    • 9 November, 2020

    Stem Cells May Offer Key to Treating Venomous Snake Bites

    Fifty people are bitten by a snake every five minutes, and one will die in this silent healthcare crisis. Novel stem cell research has allowed scientists to successfully grow mini venom-producing organoids in a petri dish, which may be used to develop accessible and affordable antivenom therapies.
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    • 9 October, 2020

    Closing in on Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies for Liver Diseases

    The liver, our largest internal organ, plays vital roles in food metabolism, energy storage, and elimination of toxins. Liver disorders kill more than two million people per year, representing a significant global health challenge. Researchers are looking to the potential of stem cell research to provide novel treatments to patients who don’t have access to a liver transplant, the only available treatment for end-stage liver disease.
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    • 6 September, 2020

    Scientists Use Stem Cells to Uncover COVID-19 Effects on the Heart

    Scientists and medical professionals worldwide are collaborating to discover how to address the coronavirus pandemic and to better understand its effects on the body. It is well known that COVID-19 can devastate the lungs, however, there is mounting evidence that the coronavirus may directly or indirectly infect other cell types, including the heart. Learn how researchers are using stem cell models to study how the coronavirus infects cardiovascular tissues and how they might uncover novel treatments.
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    • 10 August, 2020

    Basic Research: The Wind Beneath Innovation’s Wings

    Biomedical research – the science of investigating the mechanisms and causes of disease – has been the driving force for many of the greatest medical advances in history: from drugs like penicillin to fight bacterial infections to medications like insulin to control diabetes. Clinical progress can be achieved because scientists are armed with the knowledge from earlier discoveries that laid the groundwork for today’s progress.
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    • 6 June, 2020

    Stem Cells as Tools to Identify COVID-19 Treatments

    Scientists are using stem cells to address coronavirus infection and COVID-19 treatment in a variety of ways. Learn about how ISSCR members Drs. Charles Murry, Christine Mummery, Richard Davis, Lygia da Veiga Pereira, and Nadia Rosenthal are using stem cells to study coronavirus infection and uncover new treatments in this blog.
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    • 14 January, 2020

    Truths Around 'Stem Cell' Treatments

    In a recent commentary in Scientific American, “Don’t Believe Everything You Hear about Stem Cells,” ISSCR President, Deepak Srivastava outlines the public health crisis of unproven stem cell-based “treatments” and what can be done to protect patients.
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    • 12 November, 2019

    Communicating About Unproven Stem Cell Treatments to the Public

    In recent years, there has been a proliferation of unregulated stem cell clinics providing unproven treatments for patients with a variety of diseases, injuries, and congenital defects. As scientists, it is important to effectively communicate the risks of these untested treatments to the public.
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    • 3 October, 2019

    How Understanding Stem Cell Biology Can Improve Cancer Therapy

    New treatments are needed to more safely treat cancers, which affect millions of people worldwide every year. One area of research that holds the potential to provide insight into tumorigenesis is stem cell biology.
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    • 10 September, 2019

    Injured or Misled by Unscrupulous Stem Cell Clinics? Here’s What You Can Do About It

    Have you come across an ad informing you that stem cells can cure your [insert disease/condition here]? These marketing claims made by so-called “stem cell" clinics are everywhere. In reality, there are currently very few stem cell treatments that are proven both safe and effective and/or approved by regulatory authorities. This month's ISSCR blog explains what you can do to report false marketing claims or adverse events from clinics offering unproven stem cell "therapies."
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    • 8 August, 2019

    Inspirational and Practical Messages from the First ISSCR Women in Science Luncheon

    The ISSCR hosted a panel of leading women scientists who shared their personal life experiences and discussed how they communicate in fields still largely dominated by men. Trainee Elisa Giacomelli shares her reactions to this inspiring panel.
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    • 5 July, 2019

    The Stem Cell Conference Where Even the Smartest People Learn Something

    At first glance, a scientific conference is not the place you would think about going to learn about how to run a political or any other kind of campaign. But then the ISSCR Annual Meeting is not your average conference. And that’s why CIRM is there and has been going to these events for as long as we have been around.
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    • 6 May, 2019

    The Genetic Modification of Humans has (Probably) Occurred – What Now?

    Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the world in November 2018 when he reported the birth of twin girls born from genetically altered embryos, with another genetically-altered baby on the way.
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    • 1 April, 2019

    Stem Cells for Parkinson’s: Therapy and Tools for a Neurological Disorder

    Current treatments for Parkinson's disease can ease some symptoms, but no available therapies stop or slow the progression of the disease. Scientists are using stem cells to better understand and treat Parkinson’s disease. Learn more from this guest blog post from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
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    • 7 March, 2019

    How Induced Pluripotency Changed Stem Cell Science

    An important achievement in stem cell research was recognized in 2012, when the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to two scientists who transformed the field: Shinya Yamanaka and John Gurdon. Together, they received the award for “the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent.” The impact of this breakthrough opened myriad possibilities for stem cell research and continues to propel the field forward; both men will be addressing the ISSCR annual meeting, 26-29 June, in Los Angeles, Calif.
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    • 8 February, 2019

    Enlisting Stem Cells in the War on Heart Disease

    Ischemic heart disease is the number one cause of death in men and women worldwide, far surpassing cancers and infectious diseases. February is heart disease awareness month, a time to take stock of how stem cells are being used to better understand, and potentially treat, heart disease.
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    • 4 January, 2019

    Single Cell Sequencing: Unwinding Embryonic Development One Cell at a Time

    At one point, we were all just one single cell: a fertilized zygote formed when a sperm and egg fused together. That one cell gave rise to all of the roughly 37 trillion specialized cells that make up each of our bodies today. Recently named the 2018 Science Magazine “Breakthrough of the Year,” single cell sequencing allows scientists to retrace the steps that cells took during development, one cell at a time.
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