December 1, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: April 2012

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I have a Plumeria plant in my office in my lab and when I came in today (Monday), I found the Plumeria in bloom and giving off a very beautiful scent reminiscent of Hawaii. (update: note you may enjoy my “Scientist in the Garden” series). Wow! Holy cow, how did that happen? Ok, back up. What is a Plumeria? Plumeria is a tropical plant that produces gorgeous looking and smelling flowers. Most leis are made from Plumeria flowers. Nothing says “Hawaii” to me like …Read More

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Some scientists do really rotten things, a topic I’m exploring in a seven part series on what I call scientific sinning. I started my series on the sins of scientists a few weeks ago with a piece called “Failure to Cite”. “Failure to cite” refers to the practice whereby some scientists choose not to cite the papers of their competitors, to make their own seem more novel, or as payback to folks they consider their “enemies”. In the second piece in this series I discussed the …Read More

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I have to say that Nutella is yummy. But it is also incredibly unhealthy in contrast to their advertising, particularly their promotion that Nutella is part of a healthy breakfast. It was a very successful campaign as one of my daughters every now and then eats Nutella for breakfast now but never did in the past. Her best friend eats Nutella for breakfast and almost everyday for lunch. Turns out that there’s a class action lawsuit settlement against Nutella because of their advertising shenanigans. …Read More

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Dr. Zannos Grekos has administered so-called stem cell-based treatments to patients, at least two of whom have died following treatment in the last couple years. It is an understatement to say that Grekos is in serious hot water with various authorities at the state and federal levels. In the case of a 77-year old man who recently died after receiving care from Grekos, more details have come to light as reported by a number of news outlets, including a recent article in A …Read More