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Conversation with Harmit Malik on Gene Drive & Genetics

Harmit-Malik

Gene drive is a powerful, emerging genetic technology that can force genetic modification into an entire population. For more background on gene drive you can read my previous post. It’s a very exciting, but potentially dangerous technology with sizable possible risks. Recently I had an intriguing conversation with leading geneticist Harmit Malik on gene drive. What …

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New iPS cell conventional wisdom from polls: epigenetics & mutations remain concerns, immunogenicity not so much

I recently did a series of 4 polls on potential roadblock issues in the iPS cell field. The impetus for these polls was my sense that there were substantial differences in views on whether iPS cells were now proven to be equivalent to ES cells in 4 key ways. Turns out the polls got a …

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A layman’s guide to stem cell epigenetics: if you don’t understand epigenetics you don’t know stem cells

I know you care about stem cells and research, but do you know much about epigenetics? You should. If you do not understand epigenetics then you do not understand stem cells. Don’t be put off by the complicated sounding name “epigenetics”. It’s really simple conceptually and below is your easy-to-understand guide. Epigenetics controls nearly every …

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The Niche weekend reads: Editas mess, The Niche updates, papers

The news of the week relates to an interim clinical trial report from gene-editing firm Editas on its CRISPR trial for a form of vision loss. On to that in a minute. What have you been reading the past week? Below, I include our weekly list of recommended reads. However, first I wanted to give …

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Weekly reads: vision, MyoD, liver regen, more

fish-eyes-from-stem-cells, stem cells for vision

I love stem cell research but experiments that have practical possible future applications in medicine like for vision loss are especially interesting to me. On the other hand basic research on core transcription factor mechanisms like by MyoD also really grab me. We cover some of this stuff and other ground in today’s recommended reads. …

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Congrats to Lusubilo Mwalilino, the winner of our stem cell video contest

Lusubilo Mwalilino, the winner of our stem cell video contest

Every year I run a number of contests here on The Niche and the most recent is a stem cell video contest.   I’m pleased to announce the winner of our contest is Lusubilo Mwalilino. You can see her video entry above, which is now part of our stem cell YouTube channel. Please check out …

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Weekly reads: badgers, organoids, The Onion, & more

A badger in Yellowstone Park. Photo Paul Knoepfler. Could you make organoids from one?

It’s been a little quiet here on The Niche for the past week as I was off in Yellowstone National Park, but I’m back with this week’s recommended weekly reads including a section on organoids. First, I want to share a nature pic from the trip. A highlight was encountering a badger in Lamar Valley …

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