3D bioprinting for regenerative medicine and to produce organs. State of the art and an ethical reflection

A recent article published in the Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Volume 120, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages 128-132) made a great review with the suggestive title 3D Bioprinting: principles, fantasies and prospects. It is based on a PubMed/MEDLINE search that...

FDA wins major victory in campaign against stem cell clinics that marketing bogus and potentially hazardous products

One bioethical issue our Observatory is following is the proliferation of clinics offering stem cell treatments, many of which do not meet the necessary quality requirements. We published our first article on this problem in 2017 (see HERE and also North America’s two cell...

Promising new treatment of spinal cord injuries presents bioethical problems should be resolved

Spinal cord injuries are one of the pathologies that present the greatest medical issues in regenrative medicine. Thus, their possible treatment with stem cells has meant—and means—one of the major challenges for regenerative and reparatory medicine. Nevertheless, progress in...

Can brain damage be repaired using cell reprogramming? Can be replaced the neurons?

Cell reprogramming (read our report about this technique HERE) has opened great therapeutic possibilities in medicine. Within this field, one of the most attractive possibilities would be to replace neurons that may be destroyed in various illnesses or following a stroke. Now, a...

North America’s two cell therapy companies fined for medical fraud. Is it the tip of an iceberg?

The Federal Trade Commission in the United States, has filed its first punitive action against two cell therapy companies. The Regenerative Medical Group and the Telehealth Medical Group offer therapy with stem cells derived from amniotic fluid for autism, cerebral palsy, various...

In vivo cell reprogramming. A major step forward in regenerative medicine

Cell reprogramming  is revolutionizing the biomedical world, not only because it can obtain cells of different tissues from pluripotent cells, but also because these cells can be genetically modified to be used for the treatment of serious illnesses or to better understand them,...

Could HIV be entirely removed? It is the main question in the HIV fight

A recent article titled, A study unravels new stem cell transplant factors that might lead to HIV eradication in the body shows that is possible and has been eradicated throw a cells therapy by Spaniard researchers. The finding,  still incipient, opens a door to a possible new...

A step to a cancer vaccine. A promising animal trial with autologous iPS cells

 Cancer vaccine advances A new possible use of iPS cells (see medical and ethical advantages of iPS cells treatment) has been opened up, using them as a type of vaccine against cancer. According to a recent study published in journal CELL (see HERE), autologous iPS cells (i.e....

Ears made in China, using 3D printing technique, are implanted in 5 children

A team of Chinese scientists has been able to implant ears created using an experimental technology that combines cultured patient’s cells with 3D printing in five children. The children suffered from microtia, a congenital external ear deformity that affects one in every...

For now, iPS cells have revolutionized the laboratory bench more than bedside

In a recent article, Amélie Rezza discussed the current use of iPS cells, understanding as such adult cells reprogrammed following a technique discovered by Yamanaka. See HERE our site for furthermore information. After the development of these cells, it was thought that they...