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3D-printed skull implanted in patient

In a worldwide first, brain surgeon Dr. Bon Verweij of the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht successfully replaced the complete skull of a 22-year-old woman with a 3D-printed, tailor-made plastic skull in a surgical procedure that lasted 23 hours.

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Researchers discover new way to make muscle cells from human stem cells

As stem cells continue their gradual transition from the lab to the clinic, a research group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered a new way to make large concentrations of skeletal muscle cells and muscle progenitors from human stem cells.

The new method, described in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine, could be used to generate large numbers of muscle cells and muscle progenitors directly from human pluripotent stem cells. These stem cells, such as embryonic (ES) or induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, can be made into virtually any adult cell in the body.

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Acid bath offers easy path to stem cells

Just squeezing or bathing cells in acidic conditions can readily reprogram them into an embryonic state. In papers published this week in Nature,  Japanese team says that it has come up with a surprisingly simple method — exposure to stress, including a low pH — that can make cells that are even more malleable than iPS cells, and do it faster and more efficiently. 

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Researchers Generate Kidney Tubular Cells from Stem Cells

Researchers have successfully coaxed stem cells to become kidney tubular cells, a significant advance toward one day using regenerative medicine, rather than dialysis and transplantation, to treat kidney failure. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).

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National Agency of Transplantation will created in Ukraine

An intention to create a National Agencyof Transplantation in Ukraine is supported by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM), Health and Transplantation, Shalimov National Institute of Surgery and Transplantation and Ukrainian, and Council of Protecting the Rights and Safety of Patients.

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