January 16, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Year: 2012

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Yesterday I was visiting L.A. and happened by the Walk of Fame, seeing many stars including the one of Barbra Streisand (below). Streisand has been doing interviews (see article here ) for both TV and newspapers regarding her advocacy for heart disease research for women. Interestingly, this interest of Streisand’s directly involves stem cells according to the Hollywood Reporter (and on CNN). She says: “Heart research done on women also helps men as well,” Streisand said in her recent speech. “Take stem cell research, for …Read More

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In previous years I’ve done yearly predictions for the coming year’s events in the stem cell world (see predictions for 2011 and 2012 predictions). I did pretty well in my predicting stem cell events for this year (see analysis here) scoring a respectable 70%. Isn’t that a C-?,you might ask. No, when it comes to stem cell predictions anything better than 50% is an A. Below are my prognostications for the stem cell field for 2013. I’m taking some more risks this year, but you only …Read More

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Every year I make predictions about what the following year will bring us in the stem cell field. For example, last year I made some predictions for 2012 and I shortly will do a post on my predictions for 2013. First, how did I do with my predictions for this year, which I made in a post on Dec. 7, 2011? Prediction 10.) Transdifferentiation remains extremely intriguing, but there’s little progress on it. A few more trans-differentiation papers come out in 2012, but no flood …Read More

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I’m taking a short break from working on a grant progress report this morning (yes, it’s Christmas Eve) so I thought I’d do a post on the holidays. As the very exciting, complicated year of 2012 winds to a close and the holidays are here, I thought perhaps it is a time to put things in perspective for the stem cell field. I wish all of you out there a wonderful holiday time with your family and friends. Especially those of you battling a …Read More

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I’m doing a poll on the strangest stem cell-related event of the year in 2012. The results are in and people seem to think all the candidate strange events were indeed odd, but the strangest of all was deemed the Japanese scientist Moriguchi faking that he had done iPS cell transplants on humans, a story picked up by the largest newspaper in the world as a front page story. Lord knows what strangeness awaits us in the stem cell world in 2013! Stay tuned …Read More

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More and more often I find myself chatting with reporters and science writers about stem cells. They want to know more for background on articles on topics ranging from core stem cell scientific issues to stem cell clinics. Over time I’ve realized I’ve been telling reporters and science writers some consistent things that amount to a guide for how to interface with stem cell clinics. At the heart of this is a list of questions I would recommend that reporters and science writers ask …Read More

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I recently attend a conference in Florida called The World Stem Cell Summit. It was very enjoyable and unique in that it brings together and is open to all constituents of the stem cell world. I gave a couple talks and did an “expert” luncheon at this meeting, but what I enjoyed most was talking with people at the reception the first night and the awards dinner the last night. In my first talk as part of a panel on the stem cell advocacy …Read More

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A paper just came out in Nature yesterday entitled: “Nuclear genome transfer in human oocytes eliminates mitochondrial DNA variants.” It’s surely risky of me to say this, but is this paper really a clinically-relevant breakthrough for mitochondrial disease worthy of a Nature paper? The study as science is fine and very interesting, but it seems  quite questionable to me to so strongly invoke clinical relevance as they do (even if they say some stuff must be discussed first): Before proceeding with human clinical trials on …Read More

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Every year around this time I put my “best of” the year in stem cells including awards such as my Stem Cell Person of the Year Award. For example here are the 2011 awards. This year I’m also trying with difficult to decide on what was the craziest thing for stem cells that happened in 2012. It was a freakin’ crazy year so I have 4 options and am curious of your thoughts so take the poll below if you want. Here are my …Read More

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Today, a judge issued a complex, temporary restraining order (PDF here, provided by Celltex) regarding Texas stem cell company Celltex and Human Biostar Inc (HBI)/Biostar, former partners who are now in conflict and have sued each other. For more background see here, here, and here. Note that while both parties have sued each other, the judge’s ruling is specifically in regards to the case where Celltex is Plaintiff and RNL Bio/HBI are Defendants. Also note that I do not take sides in this conflict, and I believe …Read More