Month: May 2016

Boris Becker tweets joining flood of unproven stem cell sports medicine

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Just had my first #stemcell treatment done in Munich with Dr.Rembeck / Proffesor Alt for my ankle/knee …more to come ! — Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) May 6, 2016 We are seeing a flood of professional athletes getting stem cell treatments in the past few years. Just recently it was Ronaldo and now Boris Becker too. …

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Syrphid flies engaged in Batesian mimicry: striking iPhone zoom pics

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My garden was teaming this weekend with what seemed to be tiny wasps. I was impressed with their numbers in the hundreds at any one time, and they seemed really hyper. See the image of one below that I captured on my iPhone camera. Note that interesting rainbow effect on the wings and the striking wing veins. What …

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Is REGROW Act anti-embryo research? Pluripotent stem cells excluded

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The REGROW Act has attracted both support and criticism, including on this blog, for the changes it would mandate in the way the FDA regulates stem cell products. More specifically it would greatly reduce regulation of experimental stem cell products. I believe that would be dangerous to patients and to the stem cell field more …

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Favorable review in Cell of my new book on CRISPR in humans, GMO Sapiens

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My new book GMO Sapiens is the first such work written for both a lay audience and scientists to cover the potential use of CRISPR in humans for genetic modification The journal Cell has just published a review by George Annas on GMO Sapiens. For the most part he seems to have liked it. If …

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Sweet 16 Science Twitter Accounts To Follow Innovative Medicine

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Below are 16 Science Twitter accounts that I think are musts to follow for those interested in transformative science and also medicine from a wide range of diverse, thought-provoking perspectives. I could list 160, but I’ve picked these 16 as a nice sampling with a lean towards those willing to take a risk in what …

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Stem cells run amok: Jill Howlin’s satirical cartoon look

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Jill Howlin’s drawings about science and policy have a unique, edgy style that packs a punch. I have invited her to weigh in here now and then with new illustrations that touch upon stem cell or other innovative biomedical matters. Jill’s new drawing today relates to some key stem cell issues such as clinical safety, choice of stem cells, homologous …

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