Month: December 2013

Book Excerpt: Stem Cells for Alzheimer’s Disease–Are We There yet?

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 …

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Dumbest stem cell headlines & stories of 2013

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 …

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Poll on Readers: Who are you?

I’d like to learn more about who reads this blog. Please take the above poll. Use your judgment to pick a single category that best describes you. I realize some folks may fit into more than one category. Thanks Paul

Stem Cell Family Christmas Letter

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Enjoy my stem cell humor in the stem cell family Christmas letter below. I can’t believe it’s been 7 years since I wrote that and my book: Stem Cell An Insider’s Guide.

Stem cell story of the year: human therapeutic cloning

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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. …

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Saga of Texas Stem Cell Clinic Celltex Continues

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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 …

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Interview with Dr. Charles Cox on New Stem Cell Trial for Cerebral Palsy

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 …

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