A 70-year old Japanese woman is the first human recipient of pluripotent stem cells. In the operation done at Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation Hospital in Japan, the researchers transplanted retinal cells developed from the skin of a woman into one of her eyes. The woman is suffering from a degenerative eye disease that could lead to loss of vision.
With more than 100 million raised as of August 30 and the brains behind the idea taking steps to trademark it, the #IceBucketChallenge definitely hit its goals of raising two things: awareness about the ALS disease and money to fund research towards finding a cure.
A new stem cell operation trial at Southampton General Hospital in the UK has the great potential to revolutionize treatment of knee injuries that can extend sports careers of athletes.