Month: April 2012

The Titanic & Dubious Adult Stem Cell Clinics

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, April 12th, is rapidly approaching and I think there are some lessons there for the stem cell field. The Titanic was hyped as a marvel of modern technology, widely advertised as huge, unsinkable and fast. An unexpected combination….almost too good to be true. This portrayal of …

The Titanic & Dubious Adult Stem Cell Clinics Read More »

Prostate cancer and PSA tests: perspectives of a young survivor

cancer-zodiac

How has prostate cancer changed my life?  On Sunday I was working on grading some papers before dinner when up popped a “you’ve got mail” kind of message. The email said that my PSA (the blood test for prostate cancer) test results were ready. Yay! I was diagnosed with a serious prostate cancer about 28 months …

Prostate cancer and PSA tests: perspectives of a young survivor Read More »

Does the Vatican view the American pro-life community as a bunch of out of control bozos?

Does the Vatican view the American pro-lifers as a bunch of wacky extremists? An article today certainly suggest this. What’s going on? The Vatican, Catholics more generally, and  “pro-lifers”, as designated by the Catholic website CatholicCulture.org are still apparently very much at odds over a now cancelled Vatican conference on stem cells that would have included …

Does the Vatican view the American pro-life community as a bunch of out of control bozos? Read More »

Why aren’t there vertebrate super pygmies?

Why aren’t there are super pygmy vertebrates? For most vertebrate animals, their early embryonic development unfolds in extremely congruent fashions. Embryo growth is stem cell-dependent and in large part, despite different gestational periods, the molecular and cellular machinery that controls vertebrate development is almost perfectly conserved. Yet at maturity vertebrates end up with a range …

Why aren’t there vertebrate super pygmies? Read More »

Vote in our poll for your favorite stem cell journal

The stem cell research field is hot. It has been a sexy field for a long time, only made the sexier by the discovery of iPS cells in 2006. Not surprisingly, the number of publications on stem cells is increasing and there is an ever-increasing number of journals devoted specifically to stem cells. Interest in …

Vote in our poll for your favorite stem cell journal Read More »

Dr. Florence Sabin, Great American Scientist and Trailblazer for Women in Science

I am currently researching an article on the “discovery” of stem cells and the earliest stem cell research. Stay tuned for that. As I’ve been educating myself on the early history of stem cells I became familiar with a scientist that I had not previously heard of during my career who played a key role …

Dr. Florence Sabin, Great American Scientist and Trailblazer for Women in Science Read More »