How We'll Finally Put An End To Organ Donation Shortages

The waiting list for organ transplants is growing at an alarming rate while the number of potential organ donors has failed to keep pace. Encouragingly, scientists are working several high-tech solutions in the field of regenerative medicine. We spoke to the experts to learn how organ shortages will soon become a… » 2/02/15 11:00am 2/02/15 11:00am

Meet The Man Who Grows Eyes

Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream — but one that's poised to become a reality. Here's the remarkable story of a pioneering researcher who has actually figured out how to grow eyes and brain cells. » 8/28/14 3:30pm 8/28/14 3:30pm

Two genetic programs have been discovered that turn stem cells into blood. The method, which mirrors the way blood is produced in the body, allows researchers to make both white and red blood cells. Encouragingly, the researchers produced 30 million blood cells for every million stem cells. » 7/14/14 4:00pm 7/14/14 4:00pm

A Replica Of The World's Most Famous Ear Is Now On Display

A German museum is exhibiting a 3D-printed copy of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh's ear grown from the genetic material of a distant relative. » 6/04/14 6:00pm 6/04/14 6:00pm

"Surprising" Breakthrough in Multiple Sclerosis Mouse Study

In a recent experiment, mice with MS-like symptoms were able to walk and run again just two weeks after being injected with human neural stem cells. Even the researchers were unprepared for these incredible results. Though we're still far from a cure, it's a remarkable finding that hints at similar therapies for… » 5/15/14 9:00am 5/15/14 9:00am

More Evidence That Youthful Blood Can Reverse The Effects Of Aging

A few years ago, scientists from Stanford discovered that it's possible to reverse cognitive decline in old mice by injecting them with the blood of the young. Now, researchers have isolated the mechanism responsible for this rejuvenation — and it's a protein that's found in humans as well. » 5/05/14 12:25pm 5/05/14 12:25pm

Researchers Clone Stem Cells From Human Adults

Scientists from South Korea have devised a technique for cloning adult stem cells that doesn't involve the destruction of human embryos. The resulting stem cells, which are highly personalized, could be used to treat illnesses such as heart disease and blindness — but the technique could also be used to clone adults. » 4/18/14 6:00pm 4/18/14 6:00pm

Scientists Have Successfully Grown and Implanted Vaginas in Four Women

Four women born with abnormal or missing vaginas were recently implanted with lab-grown replacements created from their own cells. All four women are now sexually active and report normal vaginal function. » 4/11/14 2:49pm 4/11/14 2:49pm

For the first time ever, biologists have regenerated an organ in a living animal. They did so by manipulating a single protein in elderly mice that makes their bodies rebuild their thymuses, an organ of the immune system. It's the first time an organ has been repaired with a chemical trigger and not via stem cell… » 4/10/14 9:30am 4/10/14 9:30am

A potential Nobel-winning stem-cell study is now under investigation for irregularities. Haruko Obokata rocked the science world last month by showing how stem-cells could be reprogrammed by an acid bath. Japan's RIKEN institute has now launched an inquiry following allegations of duplicate images and numerous failed… » 2/18/14 11:30am 2/18/14 11:30am

Medical breakthrough could lead to functional artificial skin

Swiss researchers have achieved a major breakthrough in the development of bioengineered skin. The new grafts, which are about to undergo clinical trials, work a lot like the real thing — because they actually contain functioning blood vessels and lymph capillaries. » 1/30/14 1:49pm 1/30/14 1:49pm

This scientist believes you can regrow your lost limbs

Michael Levin is a regenerative and developmental biologist at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He has spent most of his career studying how electrical signals travel between cells in the body. Now, he thinks we could use those signals to program our cells to regrow arms, legs, and even faces. » 1/15/14 1:00pm 1/15/14 1:00pm

Breakthrough: Scientists build a beating mouse heart with human tissue

In a major scientific first, a team of developmental biologists has built a functional mouse heart from human tissues. The results herald a future where specific patches of heart muscle – or even the whole organ – could be grown for transplantation. » 8/14/13 9:20am 8/14/13 9:20am

Scientists grow teeth from human urine because why the hell not

A new study shows that stem cells extracted from urine can be turned into rudimentary tooth-like structures. Oh, and the researchers did so by growing the teeth inside the kidneys of mice. » 7/30/13 9:45am 7/30/13 9:45am

Toddler with bioengineered windpipe dies three months after surgery

Two year-old Hannah Warren passed away this past Saturday at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Born without a trachea, she was the youngest recipient of a bioengineered organ — one that was grown from her very own stem cells. She will be remembered as a pioneer in regenerative medicine. » 7/09/13 2:39pm 7/09/13 2:39pm

10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s

Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive technological innovations in the coming years. Here are 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that should appear by the 2030s. » 7/05/13 10:00am 7/05/13 10:00am

How to grow a human heart in three (relatively) easy steps

The day is fast approaching when scientists will finally be able to reconstruct a person's heart from a clump of cells and a simple scaffold. We're not there yet, but this video will show you how it's done. » 7/04/13 6:30am 7/04/13 6:30am

This 2-year-old is the youngest recipient of a bioengineered organ

A Korean-Canadian girl born without a trachea has undergone successful surgery to implant an artificial windpipe grown from her own stem cells. » 4/30/13 9:40am 4/30/13 9:40am

A drug that restores hearing in deaf mice

Advances in regenerative medicine are coming in fast and furious these days, and a remarkable new breakthrough can be added to the list. Scientists at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School have restored partial hearing in mice suffering from sensorineural hearing loss — a condition that happens after… » 1/10/13 11:00am 1/10/13 11:00am