Thursday, January 17, 2008

Exciting new frontiers

Hey there!

Between a rush of holiday activity and a near month of malaise the Ripsaw had gone dark. Hopefully I'll be able to bring you the tasty science news you desire in the future. In the meantime, the world of stem cells has been all a quiver...

Human heart tissue grown from stem cells. A real great leap given the times, this is the leap from mere bits of progenitor cells towards something that might be used to build a new heart that could be put into use to save lives. These would be grown on a scaffold of collagen, which dovetails on previous Ripsaw reports.

Singapore considering human-animal chimeras. This is the type of bold research you'd expect Singapore and perhaps Taiwan to champion, so it will be interesting to observe what comes of such research. Without a doubt, these 'cybrid' studies will be essential to carefully bridging stem cell applications to people.

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