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Great new Yamanaka interview on iPS cell safety, being a celebrity, & future plans

The Asahi Shimbun just published a fun, intriguing interview with Shinya Yamanaka, the Nobel Laureate who first produce iPS cells. In the interview, Yamanaka says that the celebrity aspect of his new post-Nobel life has driven him to wear disguises when out running in public because he gets recognized so often. Yamanaka is also asked …

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Fact-checking stem cell therapy for autism: still a risky idea

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The other day I gave a talk in part about stem cell hype and mentioned as an example how the idea of already doing stem cell therapy for autism seems so misguided to me now.  On the whole, in my view there are major downsides and risks for autistic kids whose parents are already having …

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Duke & Cryo-Cell plan big stem cell clinic for kids for unproven infusions

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Duke Professor Joanne Kurtzberg’s clinical work on umbilical cord blood for autism and cerebral palsy (CP) involves a partnership with a publicly-traded cord blood banking firm called Cryo-Cell. Kurtzberg is also the Medical Director at the firm. In addition they have intellectual property in this area. The Duke team’s efforts, including those done outside of …

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Fact-Checking Panama stem cell institute: cost, safety, efficacy, docs

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Somehow time has flown by so that I’ve been around for ages in the stem cell universe and some unproven stem cell clinic type firms, like the well-known Panama stem cell clinic that sells autism “treatments”, are also long-timers. It’s been an odd parallel existence for more than a decade. Today’s post is focused squarely …

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More Duke autism program backstory: stem cell ‘magic’ & money

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Last week I wrote a long post detailing the troubling multimillion-dollar reverberations between the Duke autism program and a for-profit stem cell clinic in Panama called The Stem Cell Institute. The potential entanglements between the Duke group and the Panama clinic raise a bunch of questions and concerns. They center on questionable, unproven autism “treatments”. …

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Does Duke autism team partly have Panama stem cell clinic to thank for $10s of millions?

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What do a Panama stem cell clinic and the Duke autism program have in common? More than I might have imagined. There is a puzzle when it comes to the controversial idea of using cord blood for autism, because two of the strongest proponents are the autism cord blood program at Duke and for-profit, unproven …

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Whatever happened to the STAP cell scientists including Haruko Obokata?

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Once upon a time this blog and major outlets around the world were regularly writing about a Japanese stem cell researcher named Haruko Obokata (小保方 晴子). Whatever happened to Obokata and the other folks directly involved in STAP cell research? First, a bit of background because maybe still a few people never heard of STAP cells …

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Probing F1 legend Michael Schumacher stem cell juice story

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What’s the deal with Michael Schumacher and his Hail Mary stem cell procedure. Usually when we hear about celebrities getting unproven stem cells, it’s the celebrity themselves or their PR machine hyping it in exchange for something like free treatments or even money from those offering the stem cells for sale, but in the past …

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Celeb stem cell clinic shots series: John Cleese ‘spam’ edition

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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 …

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Helpful tomato tips for growing great ones

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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 …

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