In October 2012 Shinya Yamanaka and John Gurdon received “the call” that is every scientist’s dream.
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On Oct. 20, E. Donnall Thomas, the “father of bone marrow transplantation,” died at age 92.
On July 26, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine announced $151 million worth of grants for research that would take stem cell therapies from the laboratory to the clinic.
In the Oct. 20 issue of Nature, researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Sangamo BioSciences, reported some dramatic results in the field of stem cell therapeutics. 
Human development is the work of stem cells.
On January 3, stem cell therapeutics company Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) announced it had received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to kick off a Phase I/II clinical trial using the company's retinal epithelial cells (RPE).