January 22, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Month: May 2013

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Baldness can teach us something about blogging? You might be surprised! My mission with this blog is to responsibly use its influence for good for educational outreach to help people learn about stem cells. Can this blog make a difference? Does it have any influence? It seems so. Blogging is a lot more powerful than I ever imagined when I started this blog a few years ago. Even a single blog can have a big influence on people’s perspectives on things across the globe. …Read More

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In this post I propose that researchers and patients advocate together to pressure the stem cell clinic industry to collect and publish such data. Why do I make such a proposal? Many thousands of patients have bought stem cell interventions from non-compliant stem cell clinics. Thousands of others are considering doing so. You can see a map at right of all the stem cell clinics advertising in the US as of 2016. Many in both groups contact me on a regular basis. These patients …Read More

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After several years doing this blog, I have come to the conclusion that when it comes to stem cells, fact is sometimes stranger than fiction and a case in point is the new electronic stem cell bra. It is intended but not proven to augment breast size. Yes, you read that right. The StemCell Bra (seen screen shot above) is a reported new innovation in which electricity flowing through a special bra is hoped by the manufacturer to give women bigger breasts via stimulating stem cell …Read More

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A few days ago I started a poll on the Mitalipov lab’s human cloning paper in Cell and how people felt about the mistakes in the paper. Are these mistakes a big deal or more just minor glitches? Or somewhere in the middle? Based on the poll so far with 87 respondents, readers of this blog (which includes thought leaders in the stem cell field) still are not at this time particularly confident in the paper. The results are at left. The vast majority …Read More

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A new stem cell cosmetic cream, Stemáge, being pitched by former super model Kathy Ireland in YouTube commercials has made a number of claims. They have also used suggestive language that they (or their apparently affiliated company Scharp Technologies) were collaborating with what is, in my opinion, one of the best research institutions in the world: Sanford-Burnham. I have now got an official response from Sanford-Burnham regarding the company selling Stemáge stem cell anti-aging. I heard from Deborah Robison, VP of Communications as follows: “Sanford-Burnham is …Read More

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Occasionally I call out a particularly important comment by a reader on a major issue and today it is commenter Natalie DeWitt (see my earlier interview with her about her experiences at Nature’s The Niche) who has contributed a particularly insightful, knowledgable comment on my recent perspective piece the Cell cloning paper mishap. Many in the stem cell field and beyond have been unsure how to take the news of the problems with the Mitalipov cloning paper in Cell. Are these issues a big deal …Read More

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I was alerted by a friend to the fact that there are now YouTube ads for stem cell products popping up, and one such ad features supermodel Kathy Ireland pitching for something called Stemáge Skin Care. Updated (May 23): note that preliminary word from Sanford-Burnham is that they are not collaborating on Stemáge. Today’s post is Part 1 of at least 2 on this Stemáge product. I will post Part 2 soon that is a must read as it includes information my somewhat shocking phone conversation …Read More

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Is it really deja vu all over again with allegations of potential wrongdoing in a paper on human cloning? “Say it isn’t so!”, is basically the universal reaction I’m getting from people in the stem cell field. Well, sadly it seems to be so folks. What’s going on? Allegations have emerged on a website called PubPeer (a post-publication review kind of website) about the recent Cell paper by the Mitalipov lab on human therapeutic cloning. A person called “Peer 1” has pointed out alleged …Read More

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As many of you know, the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR) announced today that it will dissolve as an organization. I both emailed and talked on the phone with the President of CAMR, Amy Rick (who by the way is also CEO of the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN)). Below is a concise summary of our interview. 1. Why now? There are still battles to be fought and CAMR has been so important.  For example the human therapeutic cloning paper has already …Read More