Here are some recommended weekend science reads and links including stem cells, CRISPR, and clones.
Woo-Suk Hwang & his dog clones…all started with Snuppy (pictured): Disgraced Scientist Clones Dogs, And Critics Question His Intent.Now in 2020, I wonder where Hwang is and what is he doing? I’m going to look into it.
Human gene editing summit under the microscope of Hurlbut, et al. CRISPR Democracy: Gene Editing and the Need for Inclusive Deliberation
New CRISPR partner protein Slices through Genomes, Patent Problems
For anyone who grows human pluripotent stem cells: What if stem cells turn into embryos in a dish?
Good stem cell news: no cancer evident in first IPSC transplant patient.
Based on his lengthy public comment on the article on PubMed, stem cell scientist Jacob Hanna isn’t too happy about the recent Nature review (related to STAP cell refutation) on hallmarks of pluripotency.
Speaking of STAP refutation, Takaho Endo correctly pointed out that his paper last year used similar methods to the new Nature BCA papers that provided more STAP refutation and yet one of those new papers didn’t even cite his. He tweeted about how when he contacted the authors to inquire about this that they said they had originally cited his paper, but ended up leaving it off due to restrictions on the # of citations allowed. That seems very regrettable.
Could stem cells treat or even cure some forms of blindness?