Parabiosis refers to the joining together of two animals, typically rodents in research. They become one interconnected living system that shares blood. Research on mouse parabiosis has sparked much interest in anti-aging therapies. These might utilize “young” materials to help older people. Our first recommended read is a parabiosis paper.
Before we jump into that, it’s great to note several milestones recently here for the stem cell blog. Our The Niche educational outreach program providing info on stem cells in 34 languages crossed the 2.5 million reads milestone.
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Other stem cell weekly recommended reads
- The power of the patient advocate: how a quick visit led to an $11M grant to fund a clinical trial, CIRM Blog. My colleagues at UC Davis have got the funding to start an important new clinical trial funded by CIRM using muscle stem cells for dysphagia. Patients with head and neck cancers often have dysphagia and need new options. I can’t wait to see how this trial goes.
- Wednesday morning with Jennifer Doudna! The Serial Startup Student. Doudna was almost a French major? She likes gardening?
- Court to consider whether Henrietta Lacks’ family’s ‘unprecedented’ lawsuit over use of her cells can continue, Baltimore Sun. We should all recall that the cell lines we use in the lab often come from real people. Those people should be consented for the use of their cells. To this day many people don’t realize that once a physician takes some cells from a patient or from a trial participant, the legal status of those cells is unclear. We may lose autonomy in some cases.
Signal requirement for cortical potential of transplantable human neuroepithelial stem cells, Nat. Comm.
Yes, we can reverse gray hair. No, we don’t know why it works. Just chill, Mashable. Not a big fan of this title. Here’s the original eLife paper: Quantitative mapping of human hair greying and reversal in relation to life stress. Do you think the reversal is convincing?
3 thoughts on “Weekly stem cell reads: parabiosis, UC Davis trial, HeLa lawsuit, gray hair”
Maybe because some people don’t want to look 10-20 years older than they are.
The real question is why you feel the need to gaslight people on this topic…
Regarding parabiosis, how are the rats selected for “sewing together”. Don’t they have to be extremely well-matched genetically? What percentage of these experiments end with dead rats due to graft vs host issues?
Why would anyone WANT to reverse gray hair? The key is to make it all white as soon as possible!