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Advances in stem cell biology course – 1 week to register!

Posted by on January 24th, 2018

This two-week Institut Pasteur course combines lectures and practical sessions that incorporate leading edge technologies to address questions in stem cells biology in the context of organogenesis and regeneration in different organisms.       The application deadline has been extended to January 31st 2018 Find out more here:       (No Ratings Yet)[…]

Developmental biology: ‘not a confined, specified discipline’?

Posted by on January 10th, 2018

Catching up after the holidays, I finally got around to reading Scott Gilbert‘s recently published essay in PloS Biology. In case you haven’t seen it yet, the essay proposes that developmental biology is ‘the stem cell of biological disciplines’, and that many other areas of biology – such as cell biology, genetics, immunology, oncology and[…]

Unfolding collaboration

Posted by on July 18th, 2017

We came across this video from EuroStemCell describing a project that aimed to increase public awareness of stem cell biology, as well as encourage scientists to get involved in public engagement and interact with other professionals along the way. In their introduction to the video, EuroStemCell give us the background:   “Creative public engagement initiatives are[…]

Where does blood come from in the first place and how is it made?

Posted by on September 14th, 2016

Commentary on Transforming Growth Factor β Drives Hemogenic Endothelium Programming and the Transition to Hematopoietic Stem Cells in Developmental Cell, Volume 38, Issue 4, p358–370, 22 August 2016   Each of us has around 6 pints of blood. The blood contains a number of different types of cells, including oxygen-transporting red blood cells, disease-protecting white[…]

3D retinas made from patient stem cells shed light on mechanisms of inherited blindness

Posted by on July 15th, 2016

Amelia Lane, David A. Parfitt, Conor M. Ramsden, Peter J. Coffey, Michael E. Cheetham   Parfitt et al. Cell Stem Cell 1–13 (2016)   Making eyes Methods to differentiate human stem cells into retinal cell types have been under development for almost a decade. Stem cell derived retinal cells provide a rich resource to study[…]

The Rapstract

Posted by on September 25th, 2015

In a world first, Phil Day presents a complete summary of a peer-reviewed scientific paper in the medium of rap: The Rapstract. Original paper: Dr. Carolina Barcellos-Machado et al., Reconstruction of Phrenic Identity in Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Motor Neurons (2014) Interpretation in Rap by Phil Day presented here. Subtitles available. Phil Day is the[…]

EuroStemCell newsletter May 2015: partners in focus

Posted by on June 3rd, 2015

EuroStemCell is a project funded by the EU that aims to help European citizens make sense of stem cells. It’s now in its third iteration, and has many more partners this time around. One of the benefits of this is more stories to tell – of interesting research happening all over Europe. This month we have lots of[…]

Stem cell treatments, proven and unproven

Posted by on May 18th, 2015

Hello! Read on for some fascinating stories of stem cell treatments – proven and unproven – and find out about a new website with great information to help you tell the difference. The Hubrecht Institute have discovered a new way of introducing molecular tools into cells – read all about it in our latest research spotlight. Plus a new[…]

Cell motion associated with stemness

Posted by on May 14th, 2015

Stem cells play crucial roles in development as well as tissue homeostasis, repair, and regeneration, and their dysregulation is involved in diseases and aging of the tissues. The stem cell is defined as a cell that has the ability to self-renew and also to produce differentiated progeny for a long-term. Yet, stem cells require other[…]

An interview with Juergen Knoblich

Posted by on May 12th, 2015

This interview first appeared in Development.   Juergen Knoblich is a senior scientist and deputy scientific director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. We met Juergen at the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, where we asked him about his work in this model system and, more recently, on human cerebral organoids, and about[…]