Japanese scientists said Wednesday they had successfully used mouse stem cells to grow kidneys in rat embryos, using a technique that could one day help grow human kidneys for transplant

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Advances in gene editing are allowing researchers to create mouse models that more closely mirror the disease in humans

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Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz at the University of Cambridge and her team made the embryos using embryonic stem cells, the type of cells found in embryos that can mature into any type of tissue in the body

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3D reconstructions show a ‘crown of thorns’ shape stemming from a region linked to consciousness

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Study first to show gene-editing tool Crispr can replace faulty genes within adult cells – and in future could be applied to range of devastating genetic diseases

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Cells were matured in a lab dish, edging toward a process that may one day work in humans

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The plan to perform a human head transplant is on track, says Sergio Canavero, after successful experiments on monkeys and mice

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