January 17, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Month: July 2011

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The Susan G. Komen Foundation is an awesome organization. It has raised nearly $2 billion dollars in less than 2 decades for breast cancer research. It also has a variety of educational programs. This is an organization that has likely saved hundreds of women’s lives and I think will save thousands of lives through its support of research. It is no surprise then that so many people were astonished when news headlines starting showing up in the last few weeks indicating that the Catholic …Read More

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U.S. Federal Judge Royce Lamberth dismissed the lawsuit of two self-proclaimed “adult stem cell” researchers against the government to block federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. (update: you may find a 2020 take on this whole saga to be of interest). Lamberth was the one who originally seemed to buy into the arguments of the plaintiffs that they were up against unfair competition at NIH and that embryonic stem cell research was really part of the same experiment, the same research as the …Read More

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I’m looking for an excellent postdoc to work in stem cell genomics in my lab. Candidates must have a Ph.D., an M.D., or both or be finishing up their doctoral work to receive a Ph.D. in the near future. They must have a record of strong publications in internationally recognized journals in the areas of molecular, cellular, or developmental biology. Genomics or stem cell experience is a plus. Strong communication skills. Passion for biomedical science. Must already be eligible to work in the U.S. …Read More

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This year’s World Stem Cell Summit is looking to be an amazing meeting and I highly recommend that you attend. By going you can learn a great deal about stem cells whether you are a stem cell scientists or not. But in addition, the Summit offers the opportunity to learn a lot more including about stem cell policy and politics. You can meet some of the most amazing people and maybe even become friends with them, such as patient advocates. In addition, the speakers …Read More

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The Republican Party is really the “kill them all and let God sort them out” kind of party. Their latest craziness in the arena of science is toying with the notion of shutting down the NIH entirely or at least the ability of NIH to issue any new grants. So perhaps their new mantra is “kill all NIH projects and we’ll sort them out for morality” I’m not kidding. If you think I am, see that the Republicans have reportedly forced the shutdown of …Read More

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A year ago I did a post on scientific peer review and the dreaded Dr. No, but have things gotten any better? No. From everyone I have talked to, the answer would seem to be quite the contrary–things continue to move in the wrong direction. If you are not a scientist, but care about stem cell research, why should you care if peer review is flawed? Because the problems in peer review significantly slow down the field! A new article just came out on this …Read More

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After my post 2 months ago about the pressure I have received to stop doing this stem cell blog, I have been flooded with positive feedback (including by some of the top bigwigs in the stem cell field who chose to remain anonymous) and I have been inundated with questions. They had many different comments, but most asked the same two questions: Who wants to shut down your stem cell blog and why? Because of the sensitive nature of this situation, I have chosen …Read More