August 7, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

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In COVID-19, the sense of smell can diminish, vanish, or oddly skew, for weeks or months. The loss usually starts suddenly and is more than the temporarily dulled chemical senses of a stuffy nose from the common cold. As researchers followed up mounting reports of loss of olfaction, a surprising source of perhaps the longest-lasting cases emerged: stem cells in the olfactory epithelium. A Common Symptom Facebook groups may be ahead of the medical literature in providing vivid descriptions of the loss of olfaction …Read More

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This is a post by Mina Kim, a UC Davis student intern for The Niche blog, about the main types of cellular therapies being studied clinically for COVID-19. During the novel coronavirus pandemic with millions of COVID-19 cases, the development of safe and effective treatments for patients is vital. Cellular medicine treatments are one of the most common approaches currently being studied in clinical trials by biotech companies and other researchers for COVID patients.  Four of the major cell therapies that are presently undergoing …Read More

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What’s new this week in terms of reads includes a stem cell/drug combo for diabetic wonderments healing, more documentation of patient harms from stem cell clinics, and a list of recommending papers. Adult stem cells/glaucoma drug combo promotes diabetic wound healing in mice From a team of my UC Davis School of Medicine colleagues led by Rivkah Isseroff, Jan Nolta, Athena Soulika, and Thomas Peavy we have in Stem Cells Translational Medicine this exciting new paper, Combination product of dermal matrix, human mesenchymal stem cells, …Read More

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I’m doing an experiment today to see if people enjoy a mid-week splash of a few Wednesday recommended science reads and the first one collides with art. You can see Sunday’s recommended weekly reads here too. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page if you have a moment and please like our page if you like what you see. An Artist Who Reanimates Extinct Species This is extremely cool work by artist Marguerite Humeau. It in turn reminds me of de-extinction (at least virtual …Read More