July 11, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: May 2011

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For those of us conducting stem cell research, especially human stem cell research, I don’t have to tell you how expensive it is. Even just doing pre-clinical or basic science research costs a fortune. When you start talking about the kind of pre-clinical research specifically designed to get in the near future to a Phase I trial, the costs skyrocket. At a recent meeting, a top executive at a stem cell biotech referred to the period between basic research and a Phase I clinical …Read More

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As we celebrate Memorial Day we need to pay our respects to the servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for our country. I hope that in the future stem cell research can perhaps slightly lessen the burden on our servicepeople and their families through technologies to save the lives of wounded soldiers. I wrote about this important issue in an Op-Ed piece in the SacBee that you can read here. Paul

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In the debate over funding for embryonic stem cell research, it is usually assumed that Democrats are in favor of embryonic stem cell research and that Republicans are opposed. But recent polls suggest that amongst the U.S. population as a whole, most political and religious groups are widely in favor of embryonic stem cell research. So why the perception that Republicans are against ES cell research? It all boils down to the politicians themselves, not Republicans more generally. Many Republican politicians apparently feel they …Read More

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  UPDATE: I’ve now updated the poll to allow readers to choose up to 2 answers since this is important given the new option of “If facing a disease…” One of the cool things about writing this blog is that I get to meet so many amazing people including patients and their families as well as patient advocates. I have been surprised by the number of people who have gone to other countries for stem cell treatments. We heard in the news about pitcher …Read More