Year: 2016

Grading my stem cell predictions for 2016: how’d I do?

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Below are the 2016 stem cell predictions I made last year and their status now color-coded near year’s end. Green is right, orange is mixed bag, and red is flat out wrong. Overall, I did better than most past years with only having entirely blown it on four. Stay tuned later this week for my 2017 predictions, …

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Wanted both dead & alive: amniotic stem cell clinics sell zombie cells?

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Some amniotic stem cell clinics seem to be trying to have their cake and eat it too. Generally the amniotic stem cell clinics market their products as “stem cells” and the implication is that living stem cells are used to effectively treat many medical conditions. I have not seen it mentioned that what some of …

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Text mining hottest 50 papers reveals hottest 2016 stem cell trends

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What are the hottest stem cell trends in the field today? Depends who you ask, right? One impartial way to look at stem cell trends is through the lens of publication citations and the focuses of top stem cell papers. In that perhaps somewhat skewed, but interesting approach, the words used in the titles of the …

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Open letter to FDA: take action now on stem cell clinics before Trump

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Dear FDA, The stem cell clinic clock is ticking on you. Before the Trump administration rolls in to possibly tie your hands on many important areas of oversight including stem cell clinics, you should take bold action now. Your CBER branch has been preternaturally quiet on taking actual regulatory actions on stem cell clinics for …

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Quick journal club on IPSC anti-aging paper: cool, but outstanding questions

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A new Cell paper from Juan Carlos Izpisua Berlmonte’s group has made headlines about anti-aging across the globe because it suggests that the four core induced pluripotent stem cell (IPSC) factors use by Shinya Yamanaka to make IPSC can reverse aging. I’ve pasted the graphical abstract from the paper below and done a quick journal club style …

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Asterias interview: stem cell spinal cord injury trials advance

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Recently I had the opportunity to talk with the leadership of Asterias, a California biotech doing exciting clinical research using stem cells as the basis for treatment of spinal cord injury. The interview covers the past (Geron patients), present, and future. I spoke with Asterias President and CEO Stephen Cartt and CMO Edward Wirth. How …

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