July 10, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: January 2015

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I like football and for the 2nd year in a row, my favorite team the Seahawks are playing in it after their miracle finish against the Packers. I don’t believe in stem cell miracles for the most part, but I do wonder how many players on the two teams tomorrow have had “stem cell treatments” at some point in their careers for various injuries. Anyone know? According to a recent, very important article by Kirstin R.W. Matthews and Maude L. Cuchiara stem cell therapies are …Read More

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A new piece came out yesterday on the Wellcome Trust Blog, strongly promoting approval of so-called “3-Parent IVF” or Mitochondrial Transfer technology by the UK Parliament. As I written in the past (here and here), my view is that this would be a mistake at this time. There is room for respectful disagreement on this issue between scientists, although I realize I’m up against some very prominent scientists including Drs. Peter Braude and Robin Lovell-Badge, whose past response to my open letter to the UK Parliament was …Read More

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A new stem cell clinical trial for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Canada is raising hopes amongst patients and researchers. According to the Ottawa Citizen, the trial will be led by Dr. Mark S. Freedman (pictured, photo from Ottawa Hospital), director of the multiple sclerosis research unit at The Ottawa Hospital and “The Canadian trials which are funded with a $4.2-million grant from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation.” This clinical trial will use a type of stem …Read More

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IIt seems hard to believe it was a year ago that the STAP cell Nature papers came out to much fanfare on January 29, 2014. These now discredited and retracted papers reported a supposed new method to easily make reprogrammed powerful stem cells, a finding touted as a Nobel Prize-worthy discovery. Now a year later on January 29, 2015 the STAP finding has been thoroughly repudiated,  one author Haruko Obokata has resigned after her own institute found her guilty of misconduct and she couldn’t make STAP …Read More