June 1, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: October 2016

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Happy Stem Cell Day! It is a tumultuous time for the stem cell and regenerative medicine fields, but despite this there are concrete reasons for optimism on this Stem Cell Awareness Day. I’ve listed my top 10 below. What else gives you a sense of optimism? You can also check out CIRM’s nifty stem cell awareness day page too, from which I borrowed the below image. More trials = road to progress. There are more real, robust clinical trials than ever and they are …Read More

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Editor’s note: this is a guest post from Dr. Semenow on her new educational DNA game that also invokes stem cells. She has the remarkable distinction of having been the first woman who was a science Ph.D. student at Caltech. Stay tuned for my coming interview with her on her experiences in science. Her Kickstarter campaign for the game launches today. By Dorothy Semenow, Creator of DNA Ahead™ DNA Ahead Game & More™ (the Game) tells the complete amazing story of DNA science and biotechnology. Its content …Read More

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South Africa is facing a stem cell scandal related to what a health policy news outlet called Spotlight there characterizes as illegal experiments by ReGenesis Biotechnologies, the company at the heart of the controversy. It had a contract with a governmental health provider agency, now apparently suspended. The report begins this way: “The Medicines Control Council (MCC) this week suspended what appears to be unlawful stem cell experimentation at Pelonomi, a state hospital in Bloemfontein.” However, there does not appear to be concrete data supporting …Read More

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Any takers on the idea that we can get radical life extension through new technologies like stem cells, organ replacement, cybernetics, or genetic modification? Or just through healthier living in general? A new Nature paper says there’s a natural limit on human lifespan around age 115 and getting past that is just not going to happen. They don’t discuss (that I saw on a brief look) how new technologies could break this “rule”. Carl Zimmer has a nice NYT article on this development and …Read More

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For quite a while there San Diego-based stem cell business Stemedica had a good run of publicity with reports of high-profile professional sports legends getting stem cells and the media reporting apparent good outcomes for stroke recovery, but more recent times have yielded some different publicity. An investigative report by KPBS reporter David Wagner raised some issues regarding the company. Here my take on Wagner’s report. In his two-part piece (here and here), Wagner in part chronicled the story of stroke patient Jim Gass who ended …Read More

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Keep your hands off of my cells! At least, that is what many are telling the FDA regarding stem cells. The FDA issued four draft guidances related to stem cells in the past year or so, held two public stem cell meetings, and now must decide what it is going to do with an out of control direct-to-consumer stem cell clinic industry. In part it will need to sort through all public comments from the meeting and those submitted online. There are 4,251 comments …Read More