January 16, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Month: August 2012

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I watched some parts of the big speeches at this year’s Republican Convention in Tampa and was struck by a number of things running the gamut from good to bad to ugly. I think Mrs. Romney did a good job on her speech. She came across as likable and someone I can imagine as a first lady. She also helped flesh out the picture of her husband as a person. I also thought that Marco Rubio did a good job even though I disagree …Read More

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The notion of caloric restriction (CR) as a means to prolong human life is intriguing. The basic idea of CR is that if you eat a lot less than the average person you’ll live longer. You might even live a higher quality, healthier life. But is this true? (update: see my newer post on 5 possible natural stem cell boosts). A whole bunch of scientists and even more dieting monkeys have been part of a very large, very expensive (as in millions of dollars; …Read More

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What’s gone wrong with the New York Times Science section? One of my dad’s favorite things in life was sitting down on Tuesdays with the New York Times Science Section and a cup of coffee. It was a true pleasure and one that I have inherited from him, although now I mostly read it online. He and I would often discuss the articles and trade opinions on them. I lost my dad 3 years ago and I miss our connection through the NY Times …Read More

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Sometimes it can get bewildering to try to understand all the different kinds of stem cells. What’s the difference? What makes embryonic stem cells different than adult stem cells than induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells? I can give you technical definitions and you can learn more here in my post “What are stem cells?”, but isn’t there an easier way to understand them? I think we can use an analogy to help. In this the analogy is between stem cells and different athletes in …Read More

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Over the years on a fairly regular basis I’ve been contacted by patients seeking information about stem cell treatments and stem cell clinics. Note that patients may want to check out my stem cell patient guide, which has key questions and advocates for a critical, skeptical view of these offerings. But in 2012 the number of patients asking me about stem cell treatments and clinics has skyrocketed. The emails and phone calls have markedly increased. Other stem cell scientists and people at legit stem …Read More

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Please support the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act. It’s in Jerry Brown’s hands now. This will take 1 minute of your time and make a world of difference. How to get in touch? You may contact Governor Jerry Brown by mail at: Governor Jerry Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160 Below is more from my friend Don C. Reed and Roman’s dad on this great piece of legislation. Dear Friend of Research for Cure: My …Read More

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I know. I know. Scientists are not supposed to publicly talk about the question of when life begins and about death, but these are kind of important things to talk about and think about, don’t you think? I do. So here goes…. It’s been a very intense, crazy few weeks for me and for many others too. It’s been the kind of time that makes you think about things from a bigger view. A lot of death and loss in the last few weeks. …Read More

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A few weeks ago the mystery in the neighborhood was a bunch of jumping oak gall, which we didn’t know at the time were millions of tiny galls each with a wasp larva inside doing the mambo and now it is a giant, alien-like fungus in my back yard. We bought our house 6 years ago when we moved to Davis. The people living here before us had planted an orchard of various fruit trees on the west side of the house. I know …Read More

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Today the US Federal Court of Appeals via a 3-judge panel ruled in favor of continued NIH funding of human embryonic stem cell research (hESCR). The ruling is a setback for pro-life extremists trying to shut down a very promising avenue of stem cell-based regenerative medicine with their lawsuit. It’s a good day for the stem cell field. However, this legal battle is far from over. No champagne or noise makers. Perhaps just a glass of beer. Why? I’ve had several discussions today with …Read More

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There has been a long and winding road for a lawsuit against federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). The latest phase was an appeal by the plaintiffs (those suing the government to stop federal funding of ESCR) to a U.S. Appeals Court of a decision that went against them in the D.C. Court of Appeals. Today, in great news for the stem cell field and patients everywhere, the U.S. Appeals Court reject the appeal and ruled that federal funding of ESCR is …Read More