I spend some hours each week reading and thinking about the recent scientific literature. I’m sure many of you do the same thing. Every so often, a new paper erupts on the scene. It makes a big splash with a flashy entrance that captures people’s attention all around the globe. What’s the best way for scientists to handle such super sexy science papers? This week I am of course referring to the STAP stem cell papers in Nature. These particular papers argue a truly …Read More
There’s a tremendous buzz about STAP cells (see more here and here). The buzz runs the gamut from true believers to complete non-believers and everything in between. What do you think? Take our poll below.
The STAP papers on making iPS like cells using acid treatment of differentiated cells really has people talking. See embryo at right made from GFP reporter STAP cells that glow green. As I said in my review of the papers yesterday, there are still some critical things we do not know about STAP cells and I posed 6 key questions that remain open so we cannot really predict their impact quite yet or the impact of this technology. I will, however, make a few predictions …Read More
Turns out the show on stem cells that I and some others in the stem cell field will be on with Stephen Hawking that is airing next Monday, February 3rd, on the Science Channel is called “Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking” (scroll down in this linked page to near the bottom as of Jan. 29 to look for the show listed at 10pm on February 3). It is brought to being by many of the same folks who do WormHole with Morgan Freeman. I …Read More