Girl has vein made from her own stem cells successfully transplanted

Girl, 10, has vein made from her own stem cells

This is great. Rather than painful and invasive surgery to harvest a healthy vein from elsewhere on her body, doctors made a vein for her by dosing a “blank” donor vein with stem cells taken from her bone marrow.

Groundbreaking stuff, and has wide potential for further applications. I’m looking forward to when they’ll be able to grow organs on demand in a lab, but until then, make sure you’re on the organ donor register.

via Girl, 10, has vein made from her own stem cells successfully transplanted | Science | The Guardian.

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Online gamers strike major blow in battle against AIDS • The Register

Fascinating and inspiring.

Next time someone tries to tell you that video games and gamers have no positivie contribution to society, point them in the direction of this article.

Online gamers strike major blow in battle against AIDS • The Register

Basically, a video game was designed to try and unpick the complex folded structure of a specific protein. Computers aren’t very good at tweaking and prodding at complex 3D structures, but humans excel at it. Within a few weeks, the structure had been mapped – having been unsolvable for years.

This protein is important in understanding how HIV grows and spreads.

Great stuff.