Year: 2015

Horwitz Interview Zooms in on Allen Cell Institute: the GoogleMaps of Cells

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One of the most exciting developments in the biomedical sciences in 2014 was the announcement of the new Allen Institute for Cell Science. This new institute, which will be focused on cell biology, received $100 million in funding from high-tech pioneer and philanthropist, Paul Allen. I am very curious about how the institute will tackle cell …

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Thumbs Up For Post-Pub Review in Poll; Dissenters Fault “Gotcha” Mentality

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I recently started a poll on this blog asking for people’s views of post-publication (post-pub) review. Post-pub review includes a wide range of formats of reviews of scientific publications that occurs, as the name suggests, happens after the paper in question is published. In contrast, of course, peer review of papers happens before publication. Post-pub review …

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FDA to Put Mushrooming Fat Stem Cell Clinics on Crash Diet?

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Is it the beginning of the end for dubious American clinics that sell transplants of unproven and non-FDA approved fat stem cell injections? As the year of 2014 was winding down, the FDA issued two key new draft guidances (see here and here) that could prove to be crash diets for these burgeoning fat stem cell clinics. (Update: As of …

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How Do You View Post-Publication Peer Review? Take Our Polls

Post-publication (post-pub) peer review is one of the hottest topics in science today. Post-pub review means review of the scientific literature after papers come out. Post-pub review can take place on websites dedicated to it such as F1000 or PubPeer as well as on various blogs and even via comments on PubMed. In our first poll, please …

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Review of Bert Vogelstein “Bad Luck” Cancer Science pub

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A new paper in Science by Bert Vogelstein suggests that a good part of cancer is attributable to bad luck. There are so many big questions about cancer. They resonate with me very strongly as a cancer researcher and a cancer survivor myself (more on my cancer story here). What really causes cancer? Why does …

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UC Davis 2nd Annual Stem Cell Ethics Symposium: Save the Date Feb. 12

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We here at UC Davis School of Medicine are gearing up for our 2nd annual Stem Cell Ethics Symposium (see flyer). As one of the organizers, I’m really excited about our lineup of speakers including Timothy Caulfield, Leigh Turner, Alison Sorkin, Mary Ann Chirba, and Richard Garr as well as others. We will be focusing …

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