September 28, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: August 2016

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It’s been a big 2 weeks in terms of media interest in talking about the upcoming FDA meeting on stem cell oversight taking place in just a few weeks. There are many questions about this meeting and I’m planning to tackle some of the questions in upcoming posts including next week. These questions include, “who are the specific individuals attending and what are their perspectives?” What exactly are all the organizations that are on the agenda and what are they going to say? Another …Read More

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Last year I heard from several sources that there somewhere between 3-5 unpublished manuscripts reporting the use of CRISPR gene targeting in human embryos being shopped around at various journals in addition to the one that had been published. Since that time we’ve seen a grand total of one additional paper reporting on CRISPR of human embryos. So what gives? Were the sources wrong? I don’t think so and I believe there are additional labs pursuing research on the use of CRISPR in human embryos. …Read More

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A large and growing number of American clinics are selling stem cells to patients for a variety of ills and one in the San Diego area called StemGenex was the main focus of a recent LA Times piece by columnist Michael Hiltzik. In the piece called “These new stem cell treatments are expensive — and unproven” Hiltzik discussed the growing issues over stem cell clinics in the U.S. and he used StemGenex as a kind of test case or example. He started off with a …Read More

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One of the best things as a stem cell scientist is to see all the new stem cell papers that come out. Here are 5 thought provoking new ones. Dual targeting of p53 and c-MYC selectively eliminates leukaemic stem cells (Nature) Zika Virus Infects Neural Progenitors in the Adult Mouse Brain and Alters Proliferation (Cell Stem Cell; see image below) “If You See Something, Say Something” Editorial by Deborah Sweet on encouraging readers to take action on stem cell clinics. (Cell Stem Cell)