May 2, 2015

Team converts skin cells into nerve-like cells

A Japanese team said Friday it has managed to convert human skin cells directly into cells with similar characteristics to nerve cells that in the future could help treat patients with damaged nerves. The conversion involves the use of special compounds during cell culture, ...

Apr 17, 2015

Kyoto University, Takeda join hands on iPS cell venture

Kyoto University’s iPS cell research institute and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. said Friday they will launch a 10-year, ¥20 billion joint program to focus on regenerative medicine and drug discovery using iPS cells. Professor Shinya Yamanaka, a Nobel laureate who heads the Center for iPS ...

Fear of unknown barrier to iPS cures, expert says

Dec 1, 2014

Fear of unknown barrier to iPS cures, expert says

Masayo Takahashi, who led the world’s first operation to implant induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into a human body, says greater Japanese understanding of the risks and benefits of new medical procedures is key to achieving her goal of standardizing the procedure one day. ...

Apr 25, 2014

Team announces breakthrough in mass production for iPS cells

A Japanese research team said Friday it has developed a method for mass producing human cells that can develop into other tissue. The team, including Norio Nakatsuji of Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, announced the outcome of joint research conducted with Nissan ...

Mar 27, 2013

Making clinical use of iPS cells

Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research asks the health ministry for permission to do a clinical study using iPS cells to treat eye disease.