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After 2 children via IVF,
pair faced stem cell issue
Every experiment using embryonic stem cells -- and every argument about their morality -- ultimately begins with the embryos. About 400,000 sit in freezers around the country, awaiting a decision. (4/4/04)
US stem cell research lagging
Although the first human embryonic stem cell line was created in the United States, a Globe survey has found that the majority of new embryonic cell lines are now being created overseas. (5/23/04)
Desperate parents chase
a stem-cell miracle
After their son was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, the Rosettis of Sutton plunged into a world where the potential cures of the distant future are being peddled as real treatments available today. (9/26/04)
Harvard teams want OK to clone
Two separate teams of Harvard scientists are preparing to produce cloned embryos for disease research. If granted permission, the scientists could be the first to clone human cells in the United States. (10/13/04)
From adult stem cells comes debate
In the national debate over adult stem cells vs. embronic stem cells, both sides have distorted the science. (11/1/04)
New technique eyed in stem-cell debate
A member of the President's Council on Bioethics is quietly promoting a proposal that might allow scientists to create the equivalent of embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos. (11/21/04)
Stem cells seen driving tumors
A growing number of researchers are concluding that stem cells are the hidden force behind one of nature's most feared killers: cancer. (12/26/04)
(By Colin Nickerson, Globe Staff, 6/7/07)
Scientists in Massachusetts and Japan say they have created embryonic stem cells using procedures that might overcome many of the ethical objections to the controversial research, since the process does not destroy embryos.
(By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 4/11/07)
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that the progression of Type-1 diabetes can be halted -- and possibly reversed -- by a stem cell transplant that preserves the body's diminishing ability to make insulin, according to a study.
(By Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press, 9/23/06)
Scientists say they have created a stem cell line from a human embryo that had stopped developing naturally, and so was considered dead. Using such embryos might ease ethical concerns about creating such cells, they suggested.
(By Gareth Cook, Globe Staff, 8/24/06)
Massachusetts scientists announced that they have created the first human embryonic stem cells using a technique that does not require the destruction of an embryo -- an advance they said could end the bitter political standoff over stem-cell research.
(By Gareth Cook, Globe Staff, 7/21/06)
The first-ever scientific paper detailing an attempt to create a cloned child was published yesterday, raising concerns that the author may eventually succeed in an effort most researchers believe is ethically troubling and dangerous.
(By Gareth Cook, Globe Staff, 6/19/06)
For many patients with spinal cord injuries and other incurable maladies, Dr. Hongyun Huang has been the great hope. Now a team of doctors has finished the first independent, scientifically rigorous assessment of Huang's work. The results, published in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, are not just disappointing, they are disturbing, say scientists who have read the paper.
(By Gareth Cook, Globe Staff, 6/6/06)
Harvard scientists announced today they are beginning an ambitious attempt to create the worlds first cloned human embryonic stem cells, bringing the university into one of sciences most ethically charged fields.
(Boston Globe, 6/7/06)
Recruiting women to donate eggs for stem cell research brings scientists into new ethical territory where the standards are still being worked out, ethicists say.
(By Gareth Cook, Globe Staff, 3/25/06)
German scientists said yesterday that they have created cells similar to embryonic stem cells without using embryos, suggesting a way that stem cell research might advance without the controversy that has surrounded it.
(By Gareth Cook, Globe Staff, 1/23/06)
Biologists announced a way to dramatically expand populations of blood stem cells, a discovery that could improve bone marrow transplants and make them available to more patients.
7 face discipline over stem-cell research
South Korea's top university said it is moving to punish stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk and six other professors over faked research.
South Korea questions researchers
over stem cell scandal
South Korean prosecutors questioned junior researchers on Monday, part of a team led by disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk, over possible crimes linked to science fraud, prosecutors and local media said.
South Korean prosecutors
widen probe of scientist
Hwang Woo-suk cannot leave South Korea because of a criminal probe, is facing an intensified investigation and will never publish a paper in a major journal again, experts and officials said.
South Korean scientist apologizes,
hints at conspiracy
Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk apologized on Thursday for wrongdoing at his laboratory, but hinted at a conspiracy and said he had been crazed and blinded by his zeal in advancing stem-cell studies.
(By Gareth Cook, Globe Staff, 1/11/06)
An explosion of new digital image technology has left many of the world's top biology journals vulnerable to fraud, scientists say.
Report: Scientists fabricated 2 stem cell papers
(Washigton Post, 1/10/06)
An academic panel investigating Hwang Woo Suk concluded that the claims he and his research team made in 2004 about creating the world's first stem cells from a cloned human embryo were fraudulent, discrediting what appeared to be one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the decade.
Journal says it will retract
South Korean researcher's paper
The journal Science said it will retract a paper written by disgraced stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk and colleagues, in which they claimed to have efficiently created cloned embryonic stem cells tailored to match patients' genes.
Stem cell work in US takes big leap
Scientists at a laboratory affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a stem cell culture medium free of animal cells and used it to derive two new human embryonic stem cell lines.
(By Gareth Cook, Globe Staff, 12/24/05)
The announcement yesterday that a South Korean scientist fabricated much of a landmark cloning paper has raised the stakes for scientists in Massachusetts and England who are now seen as the front-runners in the effort to clone human cells.
(By Gareth Cook, Globe Staff, 12/16/05)
The South Korean scientist who stunned the world with his claims of cloning human embryonic stem cells has admitted to large-scale fabrication and plans to retract one of his two landmark papers, according to one of his close colleagues.