Month: September 2014

These are your stem cells on drugs…any questions?

Brain-on-drugs

How do “drugs” influence stem cells? Here’s the straight dope. Those of us in the trenches of the stem cell research field spend an inordinate amount of time talking about stem cell treatments (i.e. you inject stem cells into a person hoping for a medical benefit), and far too little time discussing endogenous stem cells. …

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CIRM 2.0 Should Include Bridges Training Program

CIRM-2.0

The California Stem Cell Agency CIRM seems to be in budget cutting mode these days, which from a general perspective makes sense as CIRM seeks to continue operating on its remaining funding through a longer period of time as far out as to 2020. However, not all cuts are necessarily positive. For example, CIRM reportedly (note: many …

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Behind the scenes at Clinicaltrials.gov with Director Deborah Zarin

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This post is the first in a series about the Clinicaltrials.gov website. This piece is an interview the Director, Dr. Deborah Zarin. I want to thank her for taking the time to answer my questions. Later, I will post Part 2 in which I discuss my concerns about the trend of for-profit stem cell clinic trials …

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Stem Cell Tourism and Patient Education

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What is the role of public education and stem cell tourism? What type of education is available to patients, caregivers and the public? Can public education actually change people’s minds such that they won’t undergo an unproven stem cell-based intervention (SCBI)? These are the questions I will discuss here. But first, let’s just give a …

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Nominations Open for 2014 Stem Cell Person of the Year with $2,000 Prize

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Stem Cell Person of the Year Award. The winner receives $2,000 as well as recognition as a true difference maker and leader in the stem cell field. I found the first two years of this award process that all the finalists received a great deal of positive attention …

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What do sperm have to do with brain tumors?

H3.3

Sometimes in science there are unexpected threads tying seemingly very different things together. Unraveling the knots in these threads can lead to new insights into important developmental processes and mechanisms of disease. My lab studies epigenomic and transcription factors including a molecule called histone variant H3.3 (more here on H3.3). H3.3 binds to the actual …

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Berkeley SSSCR Stem Cell Conference Oct. 4: Culturing a Stem Cell Community

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By Mansee Desai UC Berkeley’s Student Society for Stem Cell Research (SSSCR) is proud to present its 2nd Annual Stem Cell Conference: “Culturing a Stem Cell Community” on Saturday October 4th from 10AM-5PM at the university’s Li Ka Shing Center. Building upon the success of last year’s conference, this year’s event features an internationally renowned …

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Stem Cell Person of the Year 2014 Award To Include $2,000 Prize

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I believe in putting my money where my mouth is. When people in the stem cell field make extraordinary, positive contributions, they deserve major recognition and something tangible. With this goal in mind, I give out an annual Stem Cell Person of the Year Award. Past award winners have received the recognition and a $1,000 …

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NIH Finds Old Small Pox, Ricin: What’s in Your Lab?

There can be weird old stuff in the freezers, fridges, and elsewhere in labs. Most labs try to do the equivalent of a spring cleaning now and then to make a dent in the accumulation of this kind of stuff. Recently the NIH found various old stuff in their labs including two very unnerving findings: living smallpox and …

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