January 16, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Year: 2013

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This past year of 2013 was a wild one for stem cells. 2014 looks to be just as cool and fun as 2013 as well as having at least as many freaky moments. What’s in store? Here’s your preview to whet your appetite for stem cell info, much you cannot get elsewhere including unique blog series. I can’t spill all the beans, but I’m working on some stories already that I hope will be reader favorites in various ways. Two series in 2014 in …Read More

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Each year I make predictions for the stem cell field for the coming year. In today’s post I write about my top 10 stem cell predictions for 2014. You can see my predictions for 2013 here (see predictions for 2011 and 2012 predictions, which are kind of fun to read to see what was on the “mind” of the field in past years). and how I did on my 2013 predictions here. As usual the predictions are a mixture of good and bad news. 10. Academic Programs in Physician …Read More

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Below is an excerpt focused on Alzheimer’s Disease from my new book on stem cells. Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide, which is targeted to a broad audience of people interested in stem cells. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is one of the most devastating illnesses. It destroys the brain, which shrinks over time (see image from Wikipedia at left) as the disease progresses. The toll of AD is not only measured in hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs and millions of deaths, but …Read More

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Reading these one doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry they are so stupid. “Top researcher: iPS cells ‘probably’ already embryos”. This article was so wrong about so many things that it gives dumb a bad name. “‘Adventurous’ woman sought to carry Neanderthal baby”. Who needs the National Enquirer? “Dana White media scrum: Meniere’s disease cured by stem cell treatment in Germany“. Stem cells are like throwing disease against the cage? “Op-Ed: Stem cell derived anti-aging cream is on its way, and it works“. Really? Wow, …Read More

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Every year I do predictions for the stem cell field for the coming year. You can see my full post on my predictions for this year here. Stay tuned soon for my predictions for 2014. How’d I do for 2013 with my predications? Each prediction for this year that I made last year is bolded and my assessment now of how I did for each is in green or red. I did reasonably well for 2013. Sometimes predictions get mixed in with what hopes or …Read More

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There have been many interesting developments in stem cells in 2013, but to me the biggest event by far was the first ever successful somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT)-based human therapeutic cloning. This approach generated apparently genetically normal human embryonic stem cells (hESC), an astonishing accomplishment. There are two kinds of human cloning: therapeutic and reproductive. The latter is making an actual new person with an identical genome to an existing person. The latter has never been achieved, but some of us are worried it …Read More

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Remember the Texas stem cell clinic Celltex, most famous for treating Texas Governor Rick Perry? Celltex had a busy few years, but has been relatively under the radar for most of 2013. Does that mean it’s gone? Hardly. Their saga became more serious when the FDA sent it a warning letter that was predicted by this blog. The firm was, according to the FDA, manufacturing an unapproved stem cell drug. The FDA apparently told the business to stop treating patients in the US unless a …Read More

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Dr. Charles Cox at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at Houston is starting a new stem cell-based clinical trial for the treatment of young children with cerebral palsy (CP). There is an urgent need for the development of new treatments for CP. You can learn more about the details of this specific trial here on clinicaltrials.gov. The purpose of this specific study is to compare the effectiveness and safety of banked cord blood to bone marrow stem cells. Dr. Cox, who …Read More