Scientists said Wednesday they had grown rudimentary human kidney tissue from stem cells, a key step towards the Holy Grail of fully functional, lab-made transplant organs.
The furor in the U.S. Congress over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss and neurological disorders to cancer and AIDS.
Aristotle may have been more on the money than he realized in saying man is a political animal, according to research published Wednesday linking genes with liberal or conservative leanings.
Researchers have identified a gene that helps people tolerate low-oxygen conditions, according to a study published Monday, opening the way for new treatments for heart failure and related conditions.
International scientists gathering in the U.S. for a conference this week expressed cautious optimism that they may finally be on the right track to fight Alzheimer's, a disease that already affects millions around the world and is expected to more than double by 2050 as the population ages.
Scientists said Wednesday they had taken a key step towards stem cell therapy for rare mitochondrial disorders, passed on from mother to child.
Teenage fathers are likelier to have children with health problems because of mutations in their sperm, a study said Wednesday.
Think the reason some people live beyond the age of 100 is because of their genes? Think again.
Bone marrow transplants can reverse severe sickle cell disease in adults, a small study by government scientists found, echoing results seen with a similar technique used in children.
For the first time, U.S. researchers have cloned embryonic stem cells from adult cells, a breakthrough on the path toward helping doctors treat a host of diseases.