July 11, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: October 2015

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I’ve written a new book on human genetic modification. This is my second book as the first one was Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide, which is currently the top stem cell book on Amazon. The new book is called GMO Sapiens: The Life-Changing Science of Designer Babies.  You can pre-order it here at Amazon or over here at my publisher’s site. The newly updated cover is shown at right. The title was chosen as a portmanteau (mashup) of GMO and Homo sapiens. We’ve been aiming for the book to come out in …Read More

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After 5 plus years as “Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog”, we are now going by a new, broader name for the blog, The Niche. The Niche name better represents the sense that this site is a home and community including contributions by other writers and also commenters. I’m still working on a logo for The Niche. As The Niche continues to evolve look for it to include a wider range of contributors. As you may have noticed we have an increasing number of posts …Read More

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CRISPR-ful Noah’s Ark? Even as much of the discussion surrounding powerful new gene editing and cloning technologies has centered on their possible use in humans, the creation of genetically modified (GM) and cloned animals has advanced at warp speed. Some of these efforts have been for research, which is justified. But many seem profit-centered and the GMOs are intended to be products for sale as pets. Is this Noah’s ark of GM and cloned animals for pets a good idea? The new generation of …Read More

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Chimeras are one of the more controversial and fascinating areas of human stem cell and early embryo research. The notion of a chimera traces back thousands of years to creatures that were mixtures of various animals including humans in some cases. What about a real human chimera embryo? Today, chimera research has the potential to make major advances in our knowledge and even biomedical treatments such as through human organ creation within animal chimeras. However, human chimera research is intensely divisive amongst society more …Read More