August 9, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: August 2019

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When you read “spam, spam, spam” do you think of Monty Python? I do. Some folks may immediately think of email spam. There might even be a connection between the ubiquitous email spam and the old Monty Python spam. See the video below. What’s spam got to do with stem cells? Is there stem cell or cellular spam? Hold on a sec. When I first started The Niche blog almost a decade ago in early 2010, so much was different. This blog wasn’t even …Read More

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Looking for some tomato tips? I do sometimes escape the lab into the outside world and once out of there I can often be found in my vegetable garden  looking after my tomatoes. I’ve written many times here on The Niche about gardening including tomatoes and have an occasional series “Scientist in the Garden.” After a couple of decades growing tomatoes, I have a good sense of how to grow a lot of great tomatoes and some reliable tomato tips. While each gardener’s experience …Read More

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By Jeanne Loring A stem cell anniversary: 18 years ago today that the US initiated funding of human embryonic stem cell research. August 9, 2001 was a big day for me.  George W. Bush was the US president, and it was an understatement to say that I was not very fond of his policies; but that day he defined my career for the next 18 years. That day Bush gave an 11-minute speech (see Youtube of the video below) at his Texas ranch that …Read More

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A couple weeks ago I launched our 2019 stem cell pic contest here on The Niche. It was a challenge for me choosing the winner from the top 9 finalists, whose images I made a composite of that is included toward the end of this post. The picture at the bottom of the composite seems to be of a smiling human dental pulp stem cell, from biologist Matthew Wilgo, which I thought was great. I love contests and holding them here on The Niche …Read More