Month: July 2013

Stem Cells An Insider’s Guide: More on My New Book

In about a month my new book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide, should be available as an e-book from the publisher and from Amazon. It’s available for pre-order now at Amazon here. The “real” book (i.e. the one made of paper) should be available in September. The book costs $29. Any writers out there interested in doing …

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Short-term safety of lab-grown stem cells for arthritis: encouraging, but key caveats

A new paper suggests a hopeful short-term safety profile of laboratory-grown stem cells for treatment of arthritis, but there are some important limitations to the study too. A debate continues to bubble over whether to classify laboratory-propagated stem cells as biological drugs. A persistent issue has been whether the growth of stem cells in culture …

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Stem cell field mostly taking a wait-and-see attitude toward all chemical reprogramming to make iPS cells

I recently did a poll on people’s reactions to the new paper reporting use an all-chemical approach to making iPS cells through cellular reprogramming. I got a good number of responses relatively quickly. The results so far suggest that by far most people think it is too soon to know the importance of this new …

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Stem Cell Job Opening: Post-Doc in Knoepfler Lab at UC Davis School of Medicine

An NIH and CIRM-funded postdoctoral fellow position in the Knoepfler Lab at UC Davis School of Medicine is open. The focus of research will be on the epigenomic functions of Myc and other chromatin regulatory factors in human iPS cells and ES cells. Preference will be given to applicants who do not already have postdoctoral experience, but …

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What do you think of all chemical reprogramming? Take our poll

How important is the new development of all chemical reprogramming to make iPS cells? The group led by Hongkui Deng at Peking University in Beijing reported in Science that they used 7 chemicals to make what appear to be mouse iPS cells. I’m hearing a wide range of opinions directly from people in the know. What’s …

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