October 25, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Got questions about stem cells? I’ll answer them.

Do you have a question about stem cells?

Knoepfler lab H1 human embryonic stem cell culture
Knoepfler lab H1 human embryonic stem cell culture. What are your questions about these and other kinds of stem cells?

Post it in the comment sections of this blog post and I’ll do my best to answer it. If I don’t know, I’ll look into it. Update: in 2020 I started a patient Q&A series that you can read here.

The best comments/questions may end up as blog posts of their own.

Questions can be about anything ranging from molecular or cell biology to stem cell treatments to specific diseases to politics and beyond.

Fire away!

Here are some of the best questions so far:

1. what are the procedures a doctor would take to use adult stem cells?

2. What kinds of treatments can adult stem cells be used for?

3. what are some examples of what has been done in and out of our country in terms of adult stem cells research?

And from another reader:

1) In the case of a spinal cord injury, is there any reason to believe that getting stem cell therapy sooner rather than later would be beneficial? In other words, if the damage to the spine has already been done and there is nothing making it worse, is time an issue in getting the treatment? Or, would the treatment have the same effect if it was administered five years from now as opposed to being administered today? My reason for asking is thanks to your posts and a lot of the studies I’ve read, it sounds like waiting until a lot of the bugs are worked out of stem cell therapy is the safest way to go. But, if stem cell therapy would be ineffective in treating a spinal cord injury if the injury is four or five years old that changes things.

2) Can you explain why autoimmune reactions are still a risk? A lot of the articles I read about induced pluripotent stem cells seemed to indicate that since such cells could be harvested from the individual’s own body this would eliminate these risks. I’ll believe when you say it is still a risk, just curious why. Perchance, could you point me to any studies on this issue as well?

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