Stay alert to the latest and greatest on stem cells. Enjoy this week’s “3 Bullet Thursday,” a weekly post that we do to update you on interesting and important events within the world of stem cells.
1. Wow, Australian scientists are attempting to regrow human skulls with stem cells and 3D printing technology. Specifically, scientists will print a bio-ceramic scaffold less than 100 microns (0.1mm) thick and then inject millions of stem cells, making it the first time stem cells have been used on a 3D printed scaffold to regrow bone.
2. In other exciting news, scientists have discovered how to 3D print “building blocks” of embryonic stem cells. These cell blocks, capable of differentiating into any cell of the body, could potentially be used as the ‘Lego bricks’ to build tissues or even micro-organs.
3. In other controversial news, Dr. Haruko Obokata, the young Japanese scientist responsible for the STAP stem cell scandal, is being stripped of her doctoral degree. The president of Waseda University announced the degree revocation on Monday.
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