The Tiniest Transplant The great promise of stem cells is finally being put to the test (TIME Cover Jun. 27, 2011) Dr. Steven Schwartz had been waiting 14 years to make the phone call. As an eye doctor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Schwartz sees his share of patients with serious diseases that …

For the researchers at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute who launched the first-ever study to show that human embryonic stem cells may help reverse patients’ disease, the history-making day began at 4:30 a.m. It was an early morning wake-up call, to be sure, but a necessary one to prepare for the groundbreaking work that lay …

British surgeons are to take part in the first trial in patients of a human embryonic stem cell therapy to gain approval from regulators in Europe. Surgeons at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London will inject cells into the eyes of 12 patients with an incurable eye disease called Stargardt’s macular dystrophy, one of the main …

MIAMI BEACH – The Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research (SCF) announces its first annual “CELLebrity” Doctors Calendar, featuring twelve leading male stem cell research scientists from around the U.S. to promote awareness and raise funds for research. 2011 Calendar Info For online calendar sales and related events, visit www.CELLebrityDocsCalendar.com “Nearly 128 million Americans …

By Sharon Begley New York| Tue Jan 24, 2012 (Reuters) – Before treatment, the 51-year-old graphic artist was legally blind, unable to read a single letter on a standard eye chart. She has suffered from Stargardt’s disease, the most common form of macular degeneration in young patients, since she was a teenager, and it was …

By Alice Park Stem-cell science is a fast-moving field. Just three years since a Japanese researcher first reprogrammed ordinary skin cells into stem cells without the use of embryos, scientists at a Massachusetts biotech company have repeated the feat, only this time with a new method that creates the first stem cells safe enough for …

“Principles of Regenerative Medicine”, which Robert Lanza provided assistance in editing, is now available on the book purchasing website Elsevier.com. Below is a description and link to the work: Description: Virtually any disease that results from malfunctioning, damaged, or failing tissues may be potentially cured through regenerative medicine therapies, by either regenerating the damaged tissues …

by Robert Lanza (Editor), E. Donnall Thomas (Editor), James Thomson (Editor), Roger Pedersen (Editor), John Gearhart (Editor), Brigid Hogan (Editor), Douglas Melton (Editor), Michael West (Editor) This abridged version of the bestselling reference Handbook of Stem Cells, Two-Volume Set attempts to incorporate all the essential subject matter of the original two-volume edition in a single …

What if life isn’t just a part of the universe… what if it determines the very structure of the universe itself? For thousands of years we’ve looked to the sky and gods for answers. We landed on the moon—and even flung a piece of metal outside the solar system. But despite the development of super-proton-antiproton-synchrotrons, …

Why in the world do we exist? What sustains us in and above the void of nothingness? A series of experiments hold the answer. I recall an ordinary day that made this obvious. Everyone was already at the hospital making morning rounds. “It doesn’t matter,” I thought as I scraped a patch of ice crystals …