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First U.S. embryonic stem cell trial is halted

The first-ever trial using human embryonic stem cells to treat paralysis has been halted due to high costs and the company will focus instead on new cancer treatments, Geron said Tuesday. The California-based biotech firm, which had bypassed federal funding to get its pioneering but controversial trial off the ground in October…

Scientists use cloning to make human stem cells

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. scientists for the first time have used a cloning technique to get tailor-made embryonic stem cells to grow in unfertilized human egg cells, a landmark finding and a potential new flashpoint for opponents of stem cell research. The researchers were trying to prove it is possible…

South Korea sets sights on becoming stem cell powerhouse, again

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s president vowed on Monday a series of regulatory reforms to help regain its place as a stem cell research powerhouse, trying to reclaim momentum five years after a cloning scandal. President Lee Myung-bak said that by breathing new life into the industry, it could become…

Stem cell team aims for spare heart parts within five years

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Stem cell researchers in Hong Kong and the United States are trying to grow spare parts for the human heart that may be ready for tests on people within five years, they said on Thursday. Scientists have already made basic heart muscle from stem cells, but…

Judge throws out suit blocking stem cell funding

In a victory for President Barack Obama’s administration, a US federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that had temporarily blocked government funding for embryonic stem cell research. Wednesday’s ruling was issued by Judge Royce Lamberth, who last year saw merit in the plaintiffs’ case and stunned many scientists by ordering a…

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit blocking stem cell funding

WASHINGTON — In a victory for the President Barack Obama administration, a US federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit that had temporarily blocked federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Judge Royce Lamberth’s summary judgment followed an appeals court decision in April that also ruled against the plaintiffs, two…

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