August 7, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: July 2015

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One of the biggest issues in the world of cellular medicine and also in cellular research is one of mistaken identity. I’m talking about scientists, doctors, or others thinking that their cells are one type (say type X) when in reality the cells are something else (say type Y). Or maybe the cells are some mixture of types X and Y. If you as a scientist talk to your cells (yes, scientists really do this sometimes), you might quote rock group The Who and ask …Read More

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On May 5 UCLA Health System determined that its computer systems had suffered a massive hack. The cyber attack compromised the data of millions of UCLA patients according to the University: “the attacker had accessed parts of the UCLA Health network that contain personal information, like name, address, date of birth, social security number, medical record number, Medicare or health plan ID number, and some medical information (e.g., medical condition, medications, procedures, and test results)” These appears to be one of the largest health …Read More

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In a new, thought-provoking paper today in Nature, Shoukhrat Mitalipov and a multi-institutional team report a significant advance toward potential novel ways to treat mitochondrial diseases. What are these illnesses? Mitochondrial diseases are rare, but devastating disorders caused by genetic mutations. Today they are largely impossible to treat in meaningful ways other than palliative care. Some of the mutations causing these diseases are in nuclear DNA, while others are in the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The main current approach to prevention is preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) …Read More

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The White House seems to be getting more active on genetics in the last six months. It’s refreshing to see them actually talking about real, important science. My feeling has been that up until now they’ve been giving too little attention to science so even if you may disagree with some aspects of what they are saying, at least they are more engaged. White House Precision Medicine Genetics Initiative (see photo above from WSJ, Obama with student Elana Simon, who was honored previously by …Read More