German museum grows, displays 'living' van Gogh ear

Jun 6, 2014

German museum grows, displays 'living' van Gogh ear

An artist has created a partly living replica of Vincent van Gogh’s famously severed ear, a German museum said. Diemut Strebe, who is known for working with biological material, collaborated with scientists to reconstruct the painter’s ear using 3-D printers and authentic living material ...

Center starts iPS cell stockpiling project

Dec 5, 2013

Center starts iPS cell stockpiling project

The Kyoto University Center for iPS Cell Research and Application has started creating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) for stockpiling for future use in regenerative medicine and clinical research, officials said. The cell stockpiling project is being led by the center’s director, Shinya ...

Nov 19, 2013

Yamanaka team finds genes to identify defective iPS cells

A research team led by Nobel laureate and Kyoto University professor Shinya Yamanaka, the discoverer of induce pluripotent stem cells, has turned up genes that can help identify defective human iPS cells lacking differentiation ability. The discovery could make it easier to remove such ...

Jul 31, 2013

World's first iPS clinical research for retina regeneration begins

The world’s first clinical research using induced pluripotent stem cells, known as iPS cells, for the regeneration of retina begins Thursday, according to a Japanese team of researchers. The state-backed scientific research institute Riken, based in Wako, Saitama Prefecture, and the Foundation for Biomedical ...

Jul 20, 2013

World's first clinical trials with human iPS cells OK'd

The government has signed off on the world’s first clinical trials to use induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells harvested from the bodies of human patients. Health minister Norihisa Tamura on Friday gave his seal of approval to a proposal by two research institutes that ...