January 27, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Month: June 2019

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In the latest blow to the unproven stem cell clinic industry, a California federal district court judge just granted class status to a lawsuit against the fat stem cell clinic Stemgenex. (update: Stemgenex has since filed for bankruptcy). What this means in practical terms is that the lawsuit alleging fraud in marketing by the clinic firm amongst other allegations will proceed and may have 100s of patients involved. Many of these people paid nearly $15K per treatment to the company. Presumably some customers got …Read More

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A Russian Scientist named Denis Rebrikov told Nature and then other media including NPR last week that he plans to make CRISPR babies. In other words, babies with heritable genetic modifications. I don’t doubt that Rebrikov (pictured in ResearchGate image) might want to do this nor that he might try it, but rather I’m writing this post to point out how his statements including about why it’d supposedly be a good idea don’t withstand much scrutiny. What has Rebrikov said about his plan and …Read More

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Today the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida entered a permanent injunction against stem cell clinic firm US Stem Cell and co-defendants including U.S. Stem Cell Clinic. Patients have been harmed by the unproven treatments sold by these firms. US Stem had lost the case a couple weeks back, but now we know the details of the permanent injunction on them by Judge Ursula Ungaro. The order against US Stem, which is likely to be appealed, is appropriately strict in …Read More

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By Jeanne Loring There has been news over the last few days about stem cell researchers pulling out from a documentary called “The Healthcare Revolution”.  First to report on June 15 was Erin Allday of the San Francisco Chronicle, followed by David Jensen’s California Stem Cell Report blog, Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times, and Beth Mole of ArsTechnica. The documentary is a multipart series that included interviews with people designated as “Episode Experts”.  I discovered last Thursday (June 13) that I was listed …Read More

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The  unproven stem cell clinic StemGenex appears to now be called Advanced Cell Medicine. StemGenex is facing a proposed class action lawsuit by patients and it also recently received an FDA warning letter. StemGenex is notable too in that it seemed to be considering taking some extreme action against perceived critic websites including potentially the California Stem Cell Agency, CIRM. Could it be trying to put some of the past behind it? A reader of The Niche tipped me off in the comments recently …Read More

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We’re seeing more muddy waters in the stem cell universe. A chiropractic stem cell and alternative medicine clinic has popped up calling itself, of all things, CIRM. On another front, an already controversial docuseries set to air tomorrow combines interviews with prominent academic stem cell scientists and unproven stem cell clinic folks, muddying the waters. Was that the goal? What’s the deal? As to the stem cell clinic referring to itself as CIRM, some of us in the stem cell world already know of …Read More

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A fitness guru named Ben Greenfield has now reported self-injecting non-FDA approved stem cells from US Stem Cell. He says the stem cells came from a clinic that lost a big federal court case 9 days ago. Greenfield posted a Facebook video of the actual injection, which he narrates. There’s some text along with the video. Together they raises many troubling questions. Date of video vs. date of court ruling Greenfield says in the text describing the video that the stem cells were sent …Read More

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When we mix celebrities like William Shatner who played Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series with stem cells, things usually end badly.  For this reason when I read that Shatner had gotten a supposed stem cell treatment, I saw it as bad news. Like the arrival of a Borg ship. Just one problem here is that Shatner’s getting unproven stem cells will almost certainly translate into many everyday people following suit. These people are likely to lose 10s of thousands of dollars …Read More

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It’s been a big week already for the stem cell field due to the court ruling against US Stem Cell Inc. and that the FDA can define stromal vascular fraction (SVF) as a drug (see my old rough sketch of how SVF is sometimes manufactured; my impression is that the company does this slightly differently). There is a wide range of opinions on the long-term meaning of this court ruling. Some like me view it as likely making a major positive difference, while others …Read More

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As I broke the news yesterday, the high-profile fat stem cell clinic firm U.S. Stem Cell (USRM) just lost a groundbreaking court case. Here is the FDA’s official reaction today to the court ruling. Also, since the ruling major media have been covering the court ruling. Here are some examples: From the Washington Post from William Wan and Laurie McGinley we have FDA wins groundbreaking case against for-profit stem cell company. Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times has a blunter headline. Backing the FDA, a …Read More