As many of you know I am a cancer survivor myself so studying cancer stem cells has meaning for me on another level.
Cancer is also the possible side effect most patients worry about when considering going to an unproven stem cell clinic. I’ve got a new video up on possible stem cell side effects on our YouTube channel, which I’ve pasted below.
Please check out the other videos too.
Lately cancer stem cells have been more on my mind so let’s start with some new papers in that area.
Cancer stem cells
More papers & resources
New ISCT webinar: Adverse Effects of Unproven Therapies
A summary of the new ISSCR guidelines from Christine Mummery and Eric Anthony: New guidelines for embryo and stem cell research. I’ve been concerned that some of these new guidelines are too permissive. For instance, the lifting of the 14-day rule on human embryo growth in the lab without a concrete replacement leaves a lot of room for problematic research.
I’m also concerned about the lack of firmness on human heritable CRISPR from ISSCR. It seems like they are saying when the time comes technically that it would be OK in some limited cases, which to me seems like it’s leaving the door open to serious issues.
Being a skeptical scientist and paying for it
BuzzFeed has a feature on Elisabeth Bik: A Data Sleuth Challenged A Powerful COVID Scientist. Then He Came After Her. Elisabeth is a treasure in the biomedical sciences as a proponent of scientific integrity. It’s a great article but you might find yourself feeling queasy at some of the abuse she has had to put up with, especially in recent years related to hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19.
It resonated for me as someone who also fact-checks sometimes powerful people and has at times also paid a price. You might be interested in my post on being a skeptical scientist.