Not all stem cells are created equal, study reveals

This illustration by Jen Ma, a PhD candidate at U of T, depicts competition between a population of cells. “Elite” cells appear to outcompete their neighbours in the process of becoming stem cells. Credit: University of Toronto Researchers from the University of Toronto’s Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) and the Donnelly Centre have […]

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Fifth column: Myths and science

It did not help that China landed a spacecraft on the dark side of the moon while the Indian Science Congress was being held. But, even without this happening, this assembly of the best and brightest of Indian scientists would have sounded like a bad joke. Credit for this goes to the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra […]

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Stem cells may be used to treat diabetes soon

It turns out that scientists who are striving to create more effective treatments for diabetes are turning towards stem cells. Stem cells can be transformed into cells that produce insulin, the hormone that controls sugar. However, the amount of insulin produced by these cells is difficult to control. By tweaking the recipe for coaxing human […]

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Forget The 401(k), Stem Cell Benefits May Let You Cheat Death

As MyCrypto mulled what benefits to offer employees, the new blockchain startup asked them what they wanted. “Surprisingly, we found that the traditional health benefits and 401(k) benefits-they had no interest in those,” said Taylor Monahan, the company’s founder and chief executive. If employees didn’t want two of the biggest reasons to be full-time, what did […]

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Science Body Responds To Claim “Kauravas Were Test-Tube Babies”

A voluntary science body Saturday condemned the ”Kauravas were test tube babies” claim made in the Indian Science Congress held in Punjab’s Jalandhar, saying it was “wrong to mix mythology and science”. The Breakthrough Science Society, a body committed to propagating science and scientific outlook, said it was distressing that such “chauvinistic claims” about ancient […]

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Nanoparticles May Promote Cancer Spread

Nanomedicines, considered as providing an efficient way to transcend the limits of standard cancer treatments, could also have unintended and harmful side effects like accelerating cancer spread, say researchers. The findings caution against possible side effects of cancer nanomedicines, which are designed to kill cancer cells, and other common nanoparticles but paves the way for […]

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