Human embryonic stem cells restore hearing in deaf gerbils

Ever since human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) were first cultivated by Dr. James Thompson at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1998, they have been at the centre of one of the most promising, and at times controversial, areas of modern medicine.  Recently hESCs have begun to live up to their early promise, as I … Continue reading Human embryonic stem cells restore hearing in deaf gerbils

Fish for Science

Back in February I wrote about the prominent  role of Zebrafish in the British Heart Foundation's Mending Broken Hearts campaign, an initiative that not only highlighted fascinating developments in regenerative medicine but also the degree to which the public attitude towards animal research has shifted in the past decade. One reason for the change in attitudes towards … Continue reading Fish for Science