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Surfeit of stem cell stories in Nature and around

I’m at the ISSCR meeting in Barcelona, taking notes on talks and conversations. Writing that up is on the to-do list for tonight. Meanwhile, here’s a quick plug for NPG. The 2 July issue of Nature is packed with stem cell content. The two stacks of free copies disappeared from the venue’s literature tables before the first set of talks finished. For those of you who didn’t arrive early enough, here’s what was in that issue, along with a few stories that appeared online since then.

News stories

Sperm-like cells made from human embryonic stem cells

But results are only preliminary, researchers caution.

US stem-cell research expands

Biomedical agency announces new funding policy for cell lines.

Chief scientist quits California stem-cell agency

Departure raises questions over leadership at flagship centre.

Italians sue over stem cells: someone inserted a phrase to exclude human embryonic stem cell work from funding

Letter to the editor

We must reverse the Bush legacy of stem-cell problems

US researchers rely on very few lines; the NIH should consider what diversity is desired

Review by Shinya Yamanaka

Elite and stochastic models for induced pluripotent stem cell generation Can any cell be reprogrammed to pluripotency?

Research papers

miR-145 and miR-143 regulate smooth muscle cell fate and plasticity

Disease-corrected haematopoietic progenitors from Fanconi anaemia induced pluripotent stem cells

See related Nature Reports story:Gene therapy combined with reprogramming makes disease-free cells

Cells keep a memory of their tissue origin during axolotl limb regeneration

See related Nature Reports story: Regenerating limb tissue may not dedifferentiate

Human ISL1 heart progenitors generate diverse multipotent cardiovascular cell lineages

Nature Reports provides a peek into peer review for this paper

A Nature news story on the cells being studied in clinical trials for heart disease

A parallel circuit of LIF signalling pathways maintains pluripotency of mouse ES cells

See a related Nature Reports story: A tale of two LIFs

NatureJobs article

Multiple fates: Despite the economic downturn, US universities are seeking faculty members with stem-cell expertise. That doesn’t mean times are easy.

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