Nature‘s great blog by Monya Baker and Natalie DeWitt on stem cells had called it quits late in 2009. For the most part the stem cell blogs and other Internet outlets present early in 2010 were either anti-embryonic stem cell sites or a few predatory stem cell clinic sites.
Now there are more stem cell blogs out there. It’s a welcome change. People interested in stem cells and regenerative medicine have quite a few different blogs they can read for information and commentary. That’s a great thing.
So what was the best stem cell blog in 2015?
The prize goes to CIRM’s The Stem Cellar. While this is a tough choice (see more below on other stem cell blog), CIRM’s blog has continued from year to year to step up its game. They post very often, sometimes daily. Their posts are composed of compelling content that includes reports on papers and other developments, but also commentary. I really appreciate the latter and that is fairly unique. They have also gone well beyond just focusing on CIRM-related matters to include broader issues for the stem cell field.
They have a whole great team of regular contributors and that brings a nice level of diversity to the writing. The team includes Kevin McCormack (pictured), Todd Dubnicoff, Don Gibbons, and Karen Ring. Confession time. I’m jealous of this team. I have great guest posters on this blog, but I can only imagine how awesome it would be to have a full team of regular contributors.
Congrats to the CIRM stem cell blog team for having the best stem cell blog of 2015.
There are other blogs out there that I highly recommend and finishing a close second was Alexey Bersenev’s blog StemCellAssays. It continues to be incredible. Alexey regularly posts on the more technical side of stem cells, regenerative medicine, cellular medicine, and more. StemCellAssays is a much read for those interested in this field from any number of angles.
Update: By way of disclosure, I am a past recipient of CIRM funding for my lab, which has also had and has student funding support.
Here’s the full list of recommended stem cell blogs including two new ones you should check out:
- California Stem Cell Report
- CIRM Blog
- ISSCR Blog
- msemporda (new!)
- Signals Blog
- Stem Cell Assays
- Stem Cell Podcast
- Stem Cells Buzz (new!)
- The Node