October 24, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: January 2017

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STAP is back? Really? No, I don’t believe so, but there’s an interesting development and twist on the STAP cell front. Just a few days ago on January 4, 2017 Dr. Charles Vacanti, the originator of the STAP cells concept, submitted a declaration to the USPTO affirming the belief that STAP cells are real and requesting that the patent office allow the rejected STAP patent application to be reconsidered. I find a number of aspects of this development notable: The declaration says they have generated new data …Read More

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Patient advocate Ted Harada is the recipient of this year’s Stem Cell Person of the Year Award. Congrats also to the runner-up, HD patient advocate Judy Roberson. The three of us together are pictured at left. You can read about the 20 nominees here and see the vote results that picked the 10 finalists here. Very sadly, as many of you know, Ted passed away just a few months ago from a brain tumor so I am giving him this award posthumously. Accepting the award …Read More

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What are the latest developments in stem cells and regenerative medicine in this first week of 2017 and right before the end of the past year? Here are some of the headlines and papers that have popped up that seem notable or surprising. Be sure to also check out our stem cell & regenerative medicine meeting hub for 2017. Alexey’s review of Cell Therapy (including stem cells/regen med) in 2016. Must-read. This links to his part 2 and there is a link to part …Read More

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You can stop taking a pill or an injection treatment, but you can’t stop or retract stem cell treatments if there’s a bad side effect. Unlike other kinds of medicines, once stem cells have been transplanted into patients, if something goes wrong you cannot stop the ‘treatment’. There’s no retraction possible because transplanted stem cells spread in the body and potentially integrate. One of the striking things in the commercial stem cell arena in 2016 was the emergence of patient lawsuits against stem cell …Read More