Stem cells grown in labs for experimental therapies pose a cancer risk

Stem cells can be obtained from unneeded embryos made during in vitro fertilisation nobeastsofierce Science / Alamy A kind of stem cell transplant that has long been seen as one of the most promising new kinds of medical treatments could bring a greater risk of cancer than we previously thought. A study has found that … Read more

CDC’s Labs Are Making a Comeback. Now They Need Support

February 12, 2024 5 min read The pandemic early exposed weaknesses in CDC’s laboratories. Organizational and culture changes there are good first steps, but more must be done By Jill Taylor, Ewa King & Scott Becker Almost unnoted, the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the COVID pandemic in the U.S. passed in January. Missteps … Read more

Are autonomous labs the future of science?

A-Lab at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California Marilyn Sargent/Berkeley Lab A COMMON experience for many PhD students working in labs – the glass beaker and fume cupboard kind – is to feel like a glorified robot. So much science, especially the testing of new materials that students are often left to carry out, … Read more

NASA Lab’s Workforce Woes Threaten Major Space Missions

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. After a year-long delay, the lab’s Psyche mission finally launched in October to visit a metal-rich asteroid with the same name. The mission is a huge win for scientists who hope to better understand the role that these bizarre objects … Read more