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The Morning Briefing: Stem cell therapies

The Morning Briefing: Stem cell therapies

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about stem cell therapies.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about stem cell therapies.

1.) UCLA researchers create beating heart muscle cells from stem cells. UCLA stem cell researchers have discovered a method that can create beating heart muscle cells from stem cells.

2.) Stem cell therapy effective on defects and injuries to head, mouth. In what is being hailed as the first human study of its kind, a team of U.S. researchers found that using stem cells to regrow craniofacial tissues proved quicker, more effective, and less invasive than traditional bone-regeneration treatments.

3.) 15 Year stem cell study yields healthy heart cells. Researchers at a pair of San Diego-based life science organizations announced Thursday the discovery of a molecule that converts stem cells into healthy heart cells, ending a 15-year hunt.

4.) Dire need for stem cells in Vietnam. Stem cell transplant in Vietnam has saved thousands of lives, especially those with blood-related diseases, but despite its great potential and vast demand, the supply of stem cells is still relatively low.

5.) Ground-breaking windpipe-transplant child 'doing well'. The first child to have pioneering surgery to rebuild his windpipe with his own stem cells is doing well and is back in school.

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure