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GREAT BRITAIN – Artificial type 0 blood thanks to embryonic stem cells

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After making news on several occasions, scientists may have made a definitive breakthrough, with the first possible transfusion using blood obtained from embryonic stem cells possibly coming within the next three years. The transfusion would be done with type O blood, which can be donated to any patient, and would be obtained by researchers using excess embryos from assisted fertilization. The project, which will be led by Marc Turner of Edinburgh University, will also receive contributions from the Transfusion and Transplant Service of the British National Health Service, as well as the
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ITALY – Do vegetable stem cells aid in hair growth? IAP investigates into misleading advertisement.

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“Younger and more hair with vegetable stem cells” is the pitch which increasingly being read in the advertisements in the major Italian newspapers. But is it true? Are we faced with a new frontier for medicine, capable of obtaining benefits for humans from vegetable stem cells similar to embryonic and adult stem cells? Among experts in the sector, including pharmacologists, cosmologists, and dermatologists, skepticism is common: “It’s a slogan,” said Silvio Garattini, the director of the Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacological Research, “which is not based on any scientific evidence.” “I
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