November 30, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: July 2013

2 min read

On his show, Conan O’Brien on Monday (7/29/13) made a stem cell joke, perhaps without even realizing it. The joke was reprinted in the SacBee this morning (see image at right). The joke is based on the recent development of a synthetic hamburger made from stem cells in a lab (you can read more here). See my posts on test-tube meet here. Conan calls the stem cell-produced hamburger a “test tube hamburger”. Interestingly, Conan says he would try it! Below left is a picture …Read More

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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 a review please contact me. As I’ve said before, I wrote this book in part because I wanted to learn more about stem cells and had gone looking in …Read More

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Every now and I then I try to take some time to think about the focus of this blog and the direction it is going. In the most recent case, I got the feeling that perhaps I have giving too discouraged or negative an impression on the blog lately….focusing too much on the challenges and problems, and not enough on the positives. In fact in general, as I stare into a metaphorical stem cell crystal ball, I am quite optimistic about the stem cell …Read More

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This is the fourth post in a series I’m doing on an FOIA release of letters between Texas stem cell clinic Celltex and the FDA. The first three posts, which include helpful background and discussion of other FOIA material from Celltex, can be found here, here, and here. Today’s post is focused on a newly released May 18, 2012 letter from Celltex to the FDA. The letter was written to the FDA in response to the inspection of Celltex by FDA officials Joel Martinez …Read More