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Jun 2011 - Making Organs from Scratch

Another controversial topic - stem cells, cells which can become any type of cell in your body: brain, muscle, skin are all already possible. This powerful ability makes them a hot topic for the media, since they might cure a wide range of diseases ranging from blindness, to cancer and the degeneration of neurons. Though how premature are these claims? And are their alternatives to the ethically problematic embryonic stem cells?

Dr. Pierre Schembri Wismayer, who gave the talk about Making Organs From Scratch, is a leading researcher at the University of Malta whose team focuses on the use of cord-blood cells to develop into different cell types, how genes are regulated in cancer cells, and also investigates diverse factors that lead to cancer.