stem cells

The ‘immortal’ Hydra: An animal that can seemingly live forever

Most of us would know about the Greek mythical beast Hydra, the serpentine water monster that could supposedly regenerate two heads in case one of its original ones were chopped off. However, the namesake real-life animal - the Hydra magnipapillata, or simply freshwater polyp, probably does one better than its mythical counterpart. That is because,…



British researchers make history by creating the world’s first fully-functioning artificial embryo

For the first time ever, researchers have successfully grown a fully-functioning embryo in the laboratory using two different kinds of stem cells. As important step towards creating artificial life, the breakthrough could enhance our understanding of how life actually begins. The process, according to the scientists, involved growing stem cells in a gel-filled Petri dish,…