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Mice Regain Their Sense of Smell After New Stem Cell Therapy

Smells, like the tangy scent of the ocean or the acrid odour of smoke, are powerful cues that shape our memories and warn us of imminent threats. But for approximately 12 per cent of Americans over the age of 40, this crucial sense is significantly reduced or absent altogether. While scientists are still working to understand the causes behind this impairment, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have developed a method for restoring olfaction in mice through the use of stem cells. Read More >>

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UK Doctors Used Stem Cells to Restore Eyesight in Two People With Macular Degeneration

British doctors have taken a huge step towards curing a common form of age-related chronic eye condition. Read More >>

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This Guy Injected His Penis With Stem Cells to Try to Make It Bigger

Ben Greenfield is a cult figure among fitness fanatics, a guru to the sort of nerds who devote themselves to meticulously monitoring their own biometric data for insight into their personal health. He has more than 50,000 Twitter followers, 60,000 Facebook fans, and 30,000 YouTube subscribers. Now he may become known for something else entirely: Injecting himself with stem cells in hopes that it will make his dick bigger. Read More >>

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US Startup Claims It Is Regenerating Skin With Stem Cells

A tiny Utah biotech firm is making waves in regenerative medicine. Last summer, it made headlines for successfully regenerating skin and stimulating hair growth in pigs with burns using a stem cell therapy. Now, the company says its therapy is working on a badly burned 10-year-old boy. Read More >>

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Scientists Want to Grow Your Music-Blasted Eardrums Some New Parts

Hearing loss can be inevitable for some older folks, as well as for their music blasting, phone screen-staring grandchildren. Naturally, many of those who’ve lost their hearing are keen on getting it back, somehow, with things like hearing aids and cochlear implants. Read More >>

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No More Needles? Fake Blood Takes A Step Forward

Giving blood is an immensely noble and selfless thing to do, but it's no picnic. Needle-phobes will be happy to know that science has a solution on the way: mass-produced artificial blood, which is now more likely than ever before. Read More >>

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These Scientists Genetically Engineered Brain Blobs to Study Zika

Stem cells are incredible, and combined with gene editing techniques like CRISPR, it seems like there’s almost nothing you can’t just whip up in a lab. Tiny, folded blobs of brain tissue, for example. Read More >>

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Scientists Have an Insane Plan to Stop These Rhinos From Going Extinct

In a lush conservation park in central Kenya, the world’s last three northern white rhinos are unable to breed. When they die, the subspecies will go extinct. That is unless a complex, controversial plan involving tissue cryobanks and test tube embryos can actually work. Read More >>

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Super Realistic Lab-Grown Skin Even Sprouts Hair

Using stem cells, Japanese scientists have grown artificial skin that contains sweat glands and hair follicles. These highly realistic skin patches could eventually be used to treat burn victims and replace animals in the testing of chemicals. Read More >>

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Scientists Have Created Both a New Type of Stem Cell and a Video To Tell You About It

Almost all the cells in your body have two sets of 23 chromosomes, for a total of 46 chromosomes. These are diploid cells. Your sperm or your egg cells, called haploid cells, only have 23 chromosomes. For the first time, scientists have made human stem cells with haploid cells. This could lead to a lot of important medical treatments. Read More >>

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Our First Major Breakthrough in Understanding How Zika Virus Attacks the Brain

Scientists strongly suspect a link between Zika and microcephaly, a disorder that causes abnormally small heads in newborns, but they’re not entirely sure. Now, a team of researchers may have figured out how this mosquito-borne virus attacks the developing brains of foetuses—and wow, is it nasty. Read More >>

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Scientists Have Created Functional Sperm From Stem Cells

Scientists from China have made history by taking a cell that’s not a sperm cell and then used it to create a live animal. A similar technique could be used one day to treat infertility in humans. Read More >>

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3D Bioprinting Just Took A Major Step Forward

Scientists have developed an innovative 3D bioprinter capable of generating replacement tissue that’s strong enough to withstand transplantation. To show its power, the scientists printed a jaw bone, muscle, cartilage structures, as well as a stunningly accurate human ear. Read More >>

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New ‘Mini-Brains’ Could Put Thousands of Lab Animals Out of Work

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have produced tiny brains made of human neurons and cells. These mini-brains could radically change how drugs are tested, replacing the many animals currently being used for neurological scientific research. Read More >>