July 15, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Stem cell headlines: half a genome, Australian snake oil, CRISPR patent battle

embryo human
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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 Notes Returns Stem Cells to Unprimed State. Epigenetics is a very cool field.

Kirk, Manchin, Collins Introduce REGROW ACT, which if passed would dangerously weaken FDA oversight of stem cells. Stay tuned for more on this bill later this week.

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