July 11, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: February 2017

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Where is the stem cell field now and where the heck is it heading? There are hundreds of questions. Readers often email me questions or leave them as comments. It’s not unusual to get questions about CRISPR as well. As time permits, I’m hoping once or twice a month on Sundays to post a video answering some reader questions. Here’s today’s February 26th edition, focused on stem cells.

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What’s your lab like? What do you work on? What are you most excited about? Is your lab hiring? What are your lab traditions? Superstitions? How messy/clean is your lab? You can see a picture of me in my lab below about 5-6 years ago…the usual busy semi-clutter of a lab. You can win $100 just by doing a video all about your lab! Make a short no more than 3 minute video of your lab (and by “lab” I mean any representation of …Read More

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Does it make any sense scientifically or medically to use stem cells for pain? I’m skeptical in most cases today. The whole idea of stem cells for pain has been on my mind for a number of reasons. For one thing, more stem cell clinics are marketing unproven stem cell therapies at a high price specifically for pain relief lately. People are even having conferences on this concept. See the email ad I got yesterday on one such conference below Is there any FDA-approved stem …Read More

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So everyone is buzzing about the CRISPR patent court decision (which BTW I think was flawed but that’s for another post), but the research roars on at warp speed. Here are 7 recent CRISPR articles that caught my attention. What are your favorite recent CRISPR papers? Genome surgery using Cas9 ribonucleoproteins for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration. Do you think the term “genome surgery” is appropriate? Efficient CRISPR/Cas9-assisted gene targeting enables rapid and precise genetic manipulation of mammalian neural stem cells. CRISPR on the brain. Muscle-specific CRISPR/Cas9 …Read More