January 27, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Month: March 2018

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Today’s piece is a stem cell movers and shakers post about individuals who have gotten awards, made moves, or otherwise made news recently. In some cases I’ve included relevant embedded tweets announcing the news. In case you’re wondering, the image at right is my attempt last year to make a graphic design that reflect both movers and shakers (the salt shaker). You can see my movers and shakers piece from mid-2017 here. I once met a scientist much earlier in my career who when …Read More

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There’s some recent stem cell good news out there including new papers and biotech developments. The stem cell and regenerative medicine field is really diverse and runs the gamut from really worrying stuff to very exciting, legit developments. In this post, I’m going to focus on the encouraging recent developments. What do I see as the good news out there so far in 2018? I’m going to go through some of the highlights below and include quotes from announcements in some cases. Stem cell …Read More

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One of the most common claims made by unproven, for-profit stem cell clinics is that the stem cells they are selling can help knee arthritis and associated pain, but what is the evidence to back this up? There are many problems with the claims of stem cells for arthritis being made across the U.S. In quite a few cases what is being sold isn’t even real stem cells. It often is an amniotic extract, which probably isn’t from actual stem cells anyway and is …Read More

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What is stem cell media? When us scientists hear the phrase “stem cell media” we usually think about the liquid food that we feed our stem cells in the lab, which resembles a kind of nutrient-rich Kool-aid, but another kind of stem cell media consists of the news coverage of stem cells. This other kind of stem cell media does a service in education the public, but it sometimes goes astray to engage in hype or get things factually wrong. This media mess may …Read More

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This post contains a list of the remaining regenerative medicine and stem cell meetings for 2018. If you are interested in history, here’s our first ever meetings list for way back in 2012. Here’s the 2018 list. 10th World Congress and Expo on Cell & Stem Cell Research, NY, NY USA, March 19-21, 2018. iPSCs: A decade of progress and beyond. Keystone Meeting, Squaw Creek, California, USA, March 25-28, 2018. April Keystone Symposia: Organs and Tissues on Chips, Big Sky, Montana, April 8-12, 2018. British society for …Read More

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Here are my suggested weekend reads on stem cells & regenerative medicine. I also threw in some stem cell news headlines and more general science stories…and some CRISPR. What are your weekend reads? Lysosome activation clears aggregates and enhances quiescent neural stem cell activation during aging in Science (a.k.a., taking out the stem cellular trash for brain health) See part of Figure 1a. Prior Treatment with Anti‐High Mobility Group Box‐1 Antibody Boosts Human Neural Stem Cell Transplantation‐Mediated Functional Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury In Landmark …Read More

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Is “snake oil” too harsh a term for some of what is sold at some of the worst stem cell clinics? Is the phrase “stem cell clinics” itself accurate and useful in a broad sense? When we read or write the phrase “stem cell clinics”, most people generally know what we’re talking about, but it is not a very precise use of language, especially these days with so many different clinics out there, and there is a lot of room for error. There are …Read More

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By Claire Horner In 2016, a law firm in California began looking for individuals who were “misled or harmed by stem cell treatment” in the southern California area (which was discussed on this blog here). While there had been other lawsuits filed by plaintiffs against individual clinics, this firm was looking to take a different approach: a proposed class action combining multiple harmed patients into a single lawsuit. With the rapid expansion of clinics operating in the United States that offer unproven – and …Read More

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What are human lab rats? And I don’t mean humans in a clinical trial. I’m one of those people who can accurately be called “lab rats” in the sense of a scientist loving being in the lab doing experiments, analyzing data, and so forth. Ever since I started as a lab technician in 1990, I found myself very at home in the lab. I wouldn’t say I completely love the smell of methanol, chloroform, or other organics or even other typical lab smells that …Read More

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and CBER Director, Peter Marks, have just published a new piece on stem cells and regenerative medicine in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). What are the core points here and what can we learn from reading between the lines a bit? There are some expected things and then some surprises. The title of the article is “Balancing Safety and Innovation for Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine,” which really gets to the heart of what I think the FDA is trying …Read More