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Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 20, 2018

The stem cell–derived transplants were stable for 24 months and led to wide-ranging behavioral improvements in the monkeys.  

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Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

The first human experiment with neural precursor cells implanted to treat chronic spinal cord injury suggests the procedure is safe, and hints at a small benefit.  

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Doctors treated the fetus, who has alpha thalassemia major, with cells from her mother’s bone marrow.

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Determining which products of advanced biotechnology are deserving of legal protections is essential to our own social architecture.

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“Minibrains” May Soon Include Neanderthal DNA

By Ashley Yeager | May 14, 2018

Brain organoids engineered to carry the genetic material could reveal how our brains are similar to and different from those of our closest relatives.

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Two patients became legally blind after receiving treatments at the facilities.

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Researchers stumbled across the connection while searching for ways to reduce vision problems in people with achromatopsia.

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Image of the Day: Retinal Cell Implant

By The Scientist Staff | April 17, 2018

For the first time, a transplant of replacement tissue grown from stem cells has been shown to be feasible for patients with macular degeneration.

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Vision Restored: The Latest Technologies to Improve Sight

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 10, 2018

Cell implants, gene therapy, even optogenetics are making headway in clinical trials to treat various forms of blindness.  

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The Scientist looks at one such Houston-based purveyor that has been treating patients abroad for years with mesenchymal stem cells.    

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