Utilising adult stem cells to treat liver disease – from basic science to clinical trials

Professor Newsome’s laboratory focusses on trafficking and role of both adult and embryonic stem cells in the context of liver injury. This has allowed identification of the key molecular interactions that regulate the successful engraftment of such cells into the liver. In the largest randomised controlled trial of stem cell therapy so far,  he is treating […]

Fringe event preview

Imperial Fringe event Cutting Close To The Bone is happening this Thursday, November 29th. It will include a number of stalls set out in the College Main Entrance by Exhibition Road. I, Science’s Natascha Mehrabi found out about event preparations by talking to participant Dr Alexandra Porter about her work on bone grafts at the […]

Pet Planarians: They Don’t Die

Last month saw scientists and philosophers facing off over some big questions. The Royal Institute hosted a debate (Storified here) on whether neuroscience will explain consciousness. Then philosopher Roger Scruton wrote about the limitations of “neurononsense” in the Spectator, which prompted the Guardian’s Neurophilosophy blogger Mo Costandi to scold him publicly for attacking a straw-neuroscientist. […]

Butterflies, Brains & DNA Games

Monarch caterpillar Since Watson and Crick’s seminal discovery of the double helix there’s been an emergent supposition that DNA makes us what we are. This is a savagely simple belief, which has allowed creationists to pick holes in Darwin’s arguments, but also probably reflects why only 40 years later genetic research is at the point […]