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  • New online tool to accelerate development of new treatments for leukaemia
    10 May 2017
    Finding a more effective treatment for chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) has been aided by the development of a new virtual platform, LEUKomics. Launched by scientists at the University of Glasgow and the University of Melbourne, this new resource has been designed to allow researchers to more easily understand what is happening to CML patients’ white blood cells and is free for them to use and share.
  • Growing organs in a dish: From science fiction to reality?
    04 May 2017
    On Wednesday 3 May, 60 students from seven secondary schools attended an engaging program on stem cells and organoid research at the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC). GTAC partnered with Stem Cells Australia (SCA) and the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute at The University of Melbourne (UoM), to present this event as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week 2017.
  • Stem Cells Australia 2016 Annual Report now available
    24 April 2017
    During 2016 SCA’s research teams continued to expand their outstanding record of contributions to both basic and applied stem cell biology, including a remarkably diverse publications portfolio which included over 150 publications, a major collaborative initiative formed with Bioplatforms Australia and significant recognitions and honours from prestigious societies, to name a few. Click here to download our latest Annual Report.
  • Examining the dynamics that drive and sustain stem cell tourism
    20 April 2017
    A new book addressing the complex forces that shape and perpetuate a market for commercial stem cell treatments was launched at the Kathleen Syme Library in Carlton on 18 April. Entitled, Stem Cell Tourism and the Political Economy of Hope, and published by Palgrave MacMillan the book is a culmination of seven years of work undertaken by a team of interdisciplinary researchers from the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
  • Scientists create ‘beating’ human heart muscle for cardiac research
    17 March 2017
    Scientists at The University of Queensland have taken a significant step forward in cardiac disease research by creating a functional ‘beating’ human heart muscle from stem cells.
  • Newly developed breast 'organoid' system may improve cancer treatments
    15 March 2017
    Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have developed a new system for growing breast tissue in the laboratory, a development that has the potential to improve how the development and function of the breast can be studied.
  • New study doubles estimate of functional genes in our genome
    06 March 2017
    A group of researchers from Japan and Australia have completed a landmark study where they revealed that long non-coding RNAs, a poorly understood and highly controversial class of genes, may link with major diseases, including inflammation and cancer.
  • Re-enacting the crime: funding boost for type 1 diabetes research
    15 February 2017
    Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham MP, Minister for Education and Training, and The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, today awarded a team headed by St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research Associate Professor Stuart Mannering and his collaborator Professor Ed Stanley, from Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), a $1.5million Innovation Award for research into type 1 diabetes.
  • Start-up makes quick work of cellular experiments
    03 February 2017
    Start-up company Scaled Biolabs Inc is changing the way researchers around the world conduct manual cellular experiments and accelerating discoveries in biology by providing novel devices that enable 1000’s of experiments to occur simultaneously.
  • Alternate facts and Australian stem cell research
    02 February 2017
    In The Australian of 30 January, Angela Shanahan did her part to welcome in the Trump era with a tirade replete with a bizarre collection of “alternate facts” regarding stem cell research. The piece was ostensibly a reply to media criticism of the public relations campaign in support of the award of Australian of the Year to stem cell researcher Alan Mackay-Sim. However, Shanahan’s article swiftly morphed into an incompetent rehash of tired old arguments concerning the use of human embryos in stem cell research. The suppositions and conclusions in the article are at best ill-informed and out of date, and at worst complete misrepresentations of reality. They invite refutation.
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