November 25, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: November 2014

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What was the biggest stem cell story of the year for 2014? Every year I post my view on what was the biggest stem cell event of the year. You can see picks for past years including human therapeutic cloning (production of nuclear transfer human ES cells) for 2013, the strangest stem cell story of 2012, and see what readers of this blog surprisingly picked back in 2011 as the biggest stem cell story of the year. I’m trying to decide what I think was the big …Read More

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Post-publication (post-pub) review is arguably one of the most innovative developments in scientific publishing in the past few years, including at the site PubPeer. An illustration of the widespread influence of post-pub review is the fact that PubMed recently started allowing readers to post comments about any paper.  Post-pub review drove the rapid debunking of the now retracted STAP papers. Post-pub review, which comes in two main forms (anonymous and non-anonymous), is a powerful phenomenon manifesting on a number of websites and blogs including the …Read More

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As a scientist blogger, I have a lot to be thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches so I wanted to say “Thanks.” First, I want to thank the readers of this blog who make it a reality. If no one reads a blog, then pretty much it doesn’t exist for all intents and purposes. Second, I want to thank the commenters on this blog. They enrich the dialogue and often teach me and others important things. They sometimes also point out where I screwed up …Read More

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After about a week of polling on views of shirtgate (also known as shirtstorm), the results are in and there are some pretty clear findings. The poll sought to measure people’s views of Dr. Matt Taylor’s wearing of a shirt covered in depictions of scantily clad woman including some with guns during a TV interview on the Rosetta comet landing project. The two most polar possible choices got by far the most answers indicating intense feelings on this topic. By almost a 2:1 margin (52% …Read More