May 29, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: March 2016

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The two main crops growing in my garden now are peas and fava beans. The former is in the last week or two as I overwintered them and got a ton of peas in February and first two weeks of this month. Unfortunately, there are about 1,000 similar, wacky-looking bugs on my pea patch. Helpful people on Twitter identified these are leaffooted bugs. And sure enough, the back feet on these bugs look like leaves and weird reddish-orange eyes. I don’t know if the …Read More

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Some would argue that much of life boils down to a series of risk versus reward decisions. This equation-based way of viewing life can be applied both to personal and professional levels. When it comes to the latter and to biomedical scientists specifically, how much risk should we take? What forms could this risk take? On a scientific level, risk could involve publishing something too fast before you are sure the results are accurate or publishing data too slowly and getting scooped. Or you …Read More

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Several of us here at UC Davis and other Northern California institutions have worked together to organize a unique symposium on CRISPR and genetic modification. You are invited to attend the free meeting, which will take place on May 26th. You can register here. We will cover CRISPR ethics, policy, and law as they relate both to modification of humans and other organisms. We have a wonderful lineup of speakers that include a diverse panel of scientists, policy makers, and at least one patient. You …Read More

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I like Easter eggs, science and writing, and Easter is less than a week away. I also think that games and puzzles as well as contests where there are prizes are fun. In this spirit I’ve hidden a scientific Easter egg inside of my new book, GMO Sapiens. If you are the first to find it and notify me, I will give you a $250 prize. We are talking about a scientific Easter egg. Wikipedia defines this sort of Easter egg this way: “An Easter egg is …Read More

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There’s a lot going on in the world of stem cells making for many striking headlines lately. Here are some stem cell headlines that caught my attention. Haploid Stem Cells Created. Could these cells be used to make germ cells? Charlatans and snake-oil salesmen ‘hijacking stem cell therapies’ in Australia In the CRISPR patent fight, the Broad Institute gains edge. The CRISPR-Cas9 patent chess match continues and some think Broad has slight advantage at this point. CIRM grant to fund proposed stem cell trials for ALS. Go CIRM 2.0. Removing Epigenetic Post-it …Read More

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Remember Nervana Stem Cell Center? This is an amniotic stem cell clinic here in the Sacramento area, which I’ve posted about before here and here. One big question about Nervana remains unanswered: is its apparent marketing of amniotic stem cells for arthritis and other conditions is OK with the FDA? Another question has been, “who are the medical providers at the clinic?” There are indications that these physicians are Drs. Tushar Goradia and Clarence Lee. I first noticed Nervana because of full-page ads in the local …Read More