July 13, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: April 2018

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Three recent media pieces on unproven, for-profit stem cell clinics paint an unflattering picture of this industry. At the intersection of these pieces is the clinic “treatment” consisting of fat stem cells (being manufactured as in a screenshot at right from a clinic YouTube video), a product the FDA has indicated is most often going to be a biological drug requiring pre-market approval, which the clinics generally do not have. The newest newspaper article comes from The Washington Post. Laura McGinley and William Wan take …Read More

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What are your typical weekend reads? If you are a scientist, they might often include a great deal of science. I always hope I can find time for reading for pleasure too, but about as close as I get to that is the New York Times on Sunday. Here are some recommended science reads for this weekend including approachable media articles on interesting developments. Blood test shows promise for spotting early cancers. In addition to being a cancer researcher, as a cancer survivor myself and …Read More

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If the FDA can “go big” to issue 40 warning letters to the e-cig industry as it just yesterday, why has it recently only issued 1 or fewer warning letters per year to the unproven, for-profit stem cell clinic industry in the U.S., which includes hundreds of businesses blatantly operating in what seems to be a clearly non-compliant fashion? FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has used very strong language to describe stem cell clinics including the phrase “bad actors”, but so far we haven’t seen much …Read More

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About once each year or two, I try to schedule what I call a “big picture” lab meeting where my lab and I discuss major issues related to being a scientist. Also, I try to answer their questions about just about anything. In my lab we rotate between various lab meeting formats and also have a journal club, but it’s worth taking up one slot for this big picture meeting where we just talk. At the big picture lab meeting, we some times end …Read More