Scientists in California have turned skin cells in mice into insulin producing beta cells, effectively curing the animals of diabetes. They hope to achieve similar results in human cells, paving the way to an eventual cure for the disease.
The recipient of the world’s first artificial heart has died 75 after having the procedure. The cause of death is as yet unknown, though the 76-year-old man was suffering from terminal heart failure and only given a few weeks to live.
A new invention could signal a major breakthrough for the treatment of burn injuries. A researcher in Canada has developed a 3D prototype printer which will produce human skin from a patient’s own cells.
The Food and Drug Administration of the US is hearing testimony about whether it should allow so-called designer babies. The procedure involves using genetic material from three people to make sure the baby is free of certain birth defects.