August 7, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: April 2013

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To blog or not to blog? Sometimes that is the question and a tough one. Keep going or shut it down? Let’s say that you are a blogger and scientist. I am one of those people wearing both of those hats. A sexy paper comes out in your field. It’s all over the Internet and news stories. Big claims are made. It’s pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. When you go to the paper itself, however, you find that in reality it …Read More

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If you are wondering, “How will iPS cells get to help patients?” part of the answer is perhaps the big player and Japanese Institution, Riken and its arm Retina Institute of Japan. The stem cell field is still abuzz about induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells 7 years after their discovery. This amazing embryonic stem cell-like cells can be made with no embryo and have the potential for truly patient specific therapies as well as dish-in-a-dish modeling and drug discovery.   iPS cells are being commercialized and …Read More

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Dr. Steven Victor, CEO of Intellicell, seems to have made two comments on a recent blog post I did on stem cell sports medicine (see below). Victor and Intellicell received a warning letter from the FDA in March 2012 with the FDA. I’m not aware of Intellicell publicly addressing the FDA issues. If you have, Intellicell, please let me know. I have emailed Dr. Victor about the current state of affairs at Intellicell and I’ll let you know if he responds. I found the comments from …Read More

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UPDATE: Unfortunately the Betatrophin paper discussed here originally back in 2013 has now largely been proven to have come to incorrect conclusions (for more read this). I finally got a chance to read the Cell paper by the Melton team on Betatrophin and it is quite cool. I think one big question is whether this can this be translated into humans, but it seems very encouraging. Another question is whether Betatrophin or some derivative when given as a chemical pill to patients could help control …Read More