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Human organoids in rat brains: the return of the chimera debate

20 November 2017

Several American laboratories have apparently inserted human brain organoids into the brains of rats and mice, connecting the two structures via blood vessels...

Embryos not created for research purposes in the Netherlands

06 November 2017

Taking a different view from approaches in favour of relaxing the rules of former Health Minister, Edith Schippers (see Dutch report in favour of the...

Regenerate a weak heart by gene therapy?

30 October 2017

Gene therapy has restored virtually normal contractile function in mice with heart failure, bringing fresh hope of "regenerating a weak [human] heart". An...

Create "artificial embryos" to bypass legislation

30 October 2017

In an attempt to "bypass regulatory limits" regarding research into human embryos, teams of scientists are endeavouring to create embryo structures from stem...


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