Month: December 2015

New Year’s Science Humor: A grant walks into a bar and says…

A grant walks into a bar and says… Is there a method to your mixology? Do I have to give you a timeline of my drinking plans? Funding has been 86’d I’m doing field research studying alcohol dehydrogenase and could use your help… I’d like to order 250K. Your bouncer isn’t going to triage me, …

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Watch Jennifer Doudna and I talking #CRISPR tonight on PBS NewsHour

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I just finished filming a segment for PBS NewsHour, their national nightly news show along with Jennifer Doudna.   It will air tonight. Take a look. Gwen Ifill interviewed Doudna and me about CRISPR and human genetic modification. I’ve pasted the video in YouTube Above. You can read my interview with Dr. Doudna on The …

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Perspectives on Pedersen Lab Human-Mouse Chimera Paper

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A new Cell Stem Cell paper by Victoria L. Mascetti and Roger Pedersen on human-mouse chimera modeling is quite interesting and important. I really enjoyed this short paper, but I do have a reservation about one way that it is being interpreted. The authors show that human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC) including induced pluripotent stem cells …

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CNN blows it on Celltex, controversial stem cell clinic in Mexico

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CNN stumbled badly on its recent article on Celltex, a Texas-owned stem cell clinic that has seen more than its share of controversy over the years including tangles with the FDA. As a result, the company has moved its clinical operations to Mexico where oversight is more lax. Their customers include American patients in Mexico …

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