October 31, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: February 2015

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Here’s some thought-provoking weekend reading. ALEXEY. CLINICAL CELL PROCESSING NEWS – PART 1, 2015 BIOPOLITICAL TIMES. MITOCHONDRIAL MISSION CREEP AND THE CLONING CONNECTION CALIFORNIA STEM CELL REPORT. CALIFORNIA’S BOB KLEIN PROPOSES $100 BILLION, INTERNATIONAL STEM CELL/GENOMICS VENTURE CARL ZIMMER. A NEW THEORY ON HOW NEANDERTHAL DNA SPREAD IN ASIA DN LEE. YOU SHOULD KNOW: MICHELLE HUNTER AND EXPLORING NEUROSCIENCE THROUGH ART DRUGMONKEY BLOG. NIH CLUMSILY TRIES TO .. [SOMETHING] … FOR GRANT REVIEWERS ED YONG. FAST-EVOLVING HUMAN DNA LEADS TO BIGGER-BRAINED MICE GORSKI. BLOWING THE ANTIVACCINE DOG WHISTLE AGAIN KELLY HILLS. PRIMUM NON …Read More

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23andMe CEO, Anne Wojcicki, just emailed 23andMe customers (me included) with the big news that the FDA has approved the company to offer Bloom syndrome carrier status reporting. As Wojcicki points out, this is the first time ever that the FDA has granted authorization of a direct-to-consumer genetic test. This is a huge deal. Why Bloom syndrome? Why now? What else is coming? A lot of interesting questions. Update: Here is the FDA statement on the authorization including this key requirement: “If sold over …Read More

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I’ve seen many crazy things over the years doing this blog. There was the Moriguchi IPS cell fraud, the electric stem cell bra, the stem cell supermodel case, the stem cell soup No. 7 aphrodisiac, the STAP cell scandal….and the craziness goes on. Today there’s a new one that even surprised me. Haruko Obokata, lead STAP cell author, has now entered the online game world, although it seems not of her own choosing. The Asahi Shimbun reports that a new character in the video game Star …Read More

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By Aaron Goldman Much like the winter weather we’ve been enduring on the east coast, cancer research is advancing at a rapid clip! For decades, researchers have considered pools of “cancer stem cells” (CSC) as the subsets within a tumor which both initiate progression and underpin the failure of therapy. Over the past 5 years, however, a number of published studies have expanded this concept by putting a greater emphasis on the inherent plasticity of cancer cells allowing for reversibility in the cell hierarchy …Read More