September 20, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: September 2012

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My lab just published a somewhat provocative paper (still in unproofed form at this point) arguing that iPS cells are very similar in some ways to cancer cells. How did we get to that conclusion (discussed in this post today, part 1 of the story) and what’s the back story on this paper (discussed in a later post, part 2) as it went through review? In 2009  I wrote a review article for Stem Cells called “Deconstructing Stem Cell Tumorigenicity: A Roadmap to Safe Regenerative Medicine”. In …Read More

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Yesterday I managed to get to see a fabulous talk by Dr. Edison Liu, President and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory in Maine. I was able to squeeze it in, in between working on my R01 proposal and preparing for teaching histo to the med students here at UC Davis Med School. Dr. Liu was a keynote speaker at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Symposium (see pic at right). His talk was entitled “Systems Biology in Cancer Genomic Medicine: Lessons from the Long …Read More

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a relatively common, often debilitating illness, which has a major impact on the people of the world. In the U.S. alone, COPD costs the country almost $50 billion a year not to  mention untold suffering. Most of us know someone who has COPD. COPD is an umbrella term that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Researchers are still investigating the causes, but two big ones are smoking and pollution. There are a number of treatments for COPD, but no …Read More

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There aren’t that many stem cell blogs out there on the Internet, although the number is growing, and the one that has been around quite a while is called “Repairstemcell” or “The Stem Cell Blog”. Granovsky is a self-proclaimed empowerer of patients and calls himself “the informer”, apparently meaning someone who will guide patients to specific clinics for treatment. He’s a pro-adult stem cell research and anti-ES cell research guy. I can respect that opinion even if that’s not my view. People have different opinions, …Read More