This week’s news in brief

Written by Alexandra Thompson

Our stem cell and regenerative medicine news picks from 27—31 October

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Scientists have grown miniature human stomachs in vitro from hPSCs to help study gastric diseases such as ulcers and stomach cancer.

UCLA and UCI have been awarded $8M grant from the CIRM to launch collaborative stem cell clinic in a joint effort to accelerate the implementation of clinical trials and delivery of stem cell therapies.

A coalition of Canadian stem cell advocates, researchers and charities (OTTAWA) is calling for $1.5 billion in private and public funding for stem cell therapy over the next 10 years, to help cementing Canada’s reputation as a stem cell leader.

Researchers from Technische Universitaet Dresden have demonstrated the in vitro growth of a piece of spinal cord in 3D from mouse ESCs.

A study in fruit flies has revealed that the gene Fzr determines whether a specialized cell conserves the capacity to become a stem cell again. Also, UCLA scientists have shown that two genes not previously known to be involved with the immune system play a crucial role in how progenitor stem cells are activated to fight infection.

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a way to use sound to create cellular scaffolding for tissue engineering.

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