2003 – GloFish, the first biotech pet, hits the North American market. Specially bred to detect water pollutants, the fish glows red under black light thanks to the addition of a natural bioluminescence gene.
November – Korean researchers treat spinal cord injury by transplanting multipotent adult stem cells from an umbilical cord blood.
December – A team of researchers at the University of Paris develops a method to produce large number of red blood cells from hematopoietic stem cells, creating an environment that mimics the conditions of bone marrow.
January – Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison differentiate human blastocyst stem cells into neural stem cells, and finally into spinal motor neuron cells.
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