[LISTEN] US researchers' major breakthrough with lab-grown stem cells

Scientists have made a major breakthrough after nearly 20 years, by creating stem cells that can multiply and produce the essential elements of blood.

The studies may help improve the treatment of leukemia and other blood disorders in patients who need bone-marrow transplants but can’t find a compatible donor.

One team is led by stem-cell biologist George Daley of Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts. The second is led by stem-cell biologist Shahin Rafii of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

The two teams were able to create the cells in mice and humans alike through different methods.

The Naked Scientist, Chris Smith explains in more detail.

Two independent groups of researchers have made, for the first time stem cells, in fact, bone marrow stem cells that can make all of the elements in your blood.

Chris Smith, The Naked Scientist

This is a big breakthrough because while people have got tantalizingly close in the past they have never quite brought this over the line.

Chris Smith, The Naked Scientist

These stem cells could repopulate the bone marrow and then produce all of the elements of blood in these mice.

Chris Smith, The Naked Scientist

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio...

Read More
Eusebius Opinion: "Let go Kevin Pietersen, you do not own the school"

Eusebius Opinion: "Let go Kevin Pietersen, you do not own the school"

McKaiser responds to former SA, now England cricketer Pietersen's comments over Maritzburg College pupils holding EFF t-shirts.

Could boarding school work for your child? Here's advice on how to figure it out

Could boarding school work for your child? Here's advice on how to figure it out

Boarding school isn't for everyone. Clinical psychologist Khosi Jiyane says some considerations need to be made before deciding.

The unfinished business of apartheid: Families in search of truth

The unfinished business of apartheid: Families in search of truth

Eusebius McKaiser chats about the unfinished business of apartheid and what the ramifications of this are for SA today.

Novel biomarkers may help improve prostate cancer treatment, Dr Shingai explains

Novel biomarkers may help improve prostate cancer treatment, Dr Shingai explains

New blood test are being developed to help predict aggressive prostate cancer accurately, using nanotechnology.

Scientists create artificial bones that could advance marrow transplants

Scientists create artificial bones that could advance marrow transplants

Scientists have developed artificial bone that produces new blood cells in mice, and may be used for patients needing transplants.

Research council urges households to give blood samples in HIV survey

Research council urges households to give blood samples in HIV survey

The Human Sciences Research Council has encouraged households to be open to giving blood samples in their annual HIV survey.

Popular articles
"Case against President Zuma is strong, it is sound and ready to go to trial"

"Case against President Zuma is strong, it is sound and ready to go to trial"

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter in the Supreme Court of Appeal's ruling to reinstate charges and what this means for President Zuma.

V&A Waterfront responds to claims of sewage water on customer's car

V&A Waterfront responds to claims of sewage water on customer's car

A customer was not happy to find her car in a huge puddle of effluent water after doing her shopping at the V&A Waterfront.

Heroic fire fighter saves drowning child while on holiday

Heroic fire fighter saves drowning child while on holiday

It's not clear how long the little girl (3) spent underwater but it took ten minutes to resuscitate her.

De Waal Drive is now renamed after Philip Kgosana, but who was he? Here's a look

De Waal Drive is now renamed after Philip Kgosana, but who was he? Here's a look

Cape Town's well-known bend has been renamed in honour of PAC stalwart Philip Kgosana, but very few know his historic importance.

A list of words that people need to 'basically' stop using

A list of words that people need to 'basically' stop using

These words have become so overused and pretentious that listeners believe that they've lost their meaning.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.