July 9, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: April 2015

3 min read

A lot has happened in the week since the first human embryo genetic modification paper was published by a team led by Junjiu Huang. There have been a number of new events just in the last few days. Jocelyn Kaiser over at SCIENCEINSIDER has a new piece reporting a couple important developments including that the journal that published the human embryo editing paper, Protein & Cell, has issued an editorial explaining the review process for the paper. They argue that the review was fast, but …Read More

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By David Brafman (from a stem cell clinic infomercial event). With the vast amount of information about stem cells available to the general public, many misconceptions exist regarding stem cells and their potential applications. Paul and other prominent stem cell scientists have done an excellent job of educating the public about the facts regarding stem cells and their potential applications. Nonetheless, over the past several years there has been a proliferation of so-called stem cell ‘clinics’, which promise patients miraculous therapies often for currently …Read More

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‘Roundup Ready’ Humans? What the heck does that mean? One of my favorite parts of doing a blog is getting reader comments. It definitely makes the blogging experience more fun and keeps me on my toes. I also learn a lot. The more discussion there is, the better. One of the most frequent commenters is Brian Sanderson, who has a long track record of outside the box comments that spark discussion. I would say that one of Brian’s most explosive comments came yesterday on the …Read More

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Last week was a big one for the life sciences in that we saw the milestone of the first ever published paper reporting human embryo genetic modification (see here and here). It was one of those situations where we knew it was coming, but it was still a jolt. Not surprisingly this event sparked intense discussion and even some arguments. Below are 4 areas of contention at this moment and some additional thoughts on them. I value diverse views so please weight in with comments. A big deal …Read More