Month: February 2014

What does future hold for STAP stem cells? Possible paradox

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What will the future bring for STAP stem cells? Let’s look into a stem cell crystal ball. We are now one month out from the original publication of the papers. When we are three or six or twelve months out from their publication will independent labs have succeeded in replicating the method? It’s possible, but …

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Why the FDA should not green-light 3-parent reproduction

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An FDA committee began a meeting yesterday that continues today to consider permitting new assisted reproduction-based “3-parent” technology that could address mitochondrial disorders, a serious human health problem. The technology also raises complex health issues of its own and invokes ethical questions. The goal of the FDA meeting is articulated this way: “the committee will …

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Talking STAP stem cells & more on cool ‘The Stem Cell Podcast’

Want to hear the latest on stem cells?Check out this awesome stem cell podcast series by Drs. Christopher Fasano and Yosif Ganat. These guys deserve some kind of award for this effort. You can listen to their interview with me posted yesterday where we dish on STAP stem cells, blogging, and more including two crazy stories I have to …

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What is the FDA’s appropriate role in regulating medical innovations such as stem cells?

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We need medical innovations, but what is the appropriate way for agencies like the FDA to regulate the process and fight bogus interventions based solely on hype? Without innovation, medicine becomes stagnant and hope fades for patients who have any one of numerous conditions that are currently inadequately addressed by medicine. I can relate on …

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Are STAP Stem Cell Nature Papers Compromised?

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Are the Nature STAP stem cell papers compromised? Could Nature‘s investigation conclude with something as serious as retraction or rather a mild slap on the wrist? Somewhere in between? (note you may find this update post from 2020 to be of interest: Whatever happened to the STAP cell scientists including Haruko Obokata?) Why is this question …

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