October 27, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

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Yesterday at ISSCR 2016, Fiona Watt gave a great talk about plasticity of epidermal stem cells. As with my other #ISSCR2016 posts, this one is a stream of impressions, quotes, and key points. For my other blog posts from the meeting see here. First she provided a nice overview of human skin architecture and regulation. The position of cells within this tissue directly impacts their fate and this is true of the stem cells as well. How do stem cells in the basal layer adopt …Read More

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Our entire world is full of plastics these days to the point that we ourselves are now partially made of plastic literally. When you hear someone say that another person is so “plastic”, slang meaning artificial, these days it is kind of literally true, but for all of us. Even the seemingly infinite oceans of the Earth are utterly contaminated with plastic. Plastic is so ever-present that every single human being on Earth is contaminated with varying levels of plastic chemicals, such as BPA, …Read More

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Today’s post is the latest edition of my weekly recommended reads, which this week include Fate Therapeutics, COVID-19 updates, AAMC, and more including some great pubs such as one on 2 modes of PRC2 function. Also check out this handy resource: Helpful 2020 List of Stem Cell Journals and this blast from the past post of 10 years ago: Keep Your Stem Cells Away From BPA. I’ll start with the mid-August 2020 recommended pubs and then go to the media items, but first I wanted to …Read More

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The idea of testing stem cells for COVID-19 may be music to the ears of some folks as an opportunity, but to me from the beginning it sounded mostly like a spaghetti on the wall road to trouble. There is buzz out there that some kind of stem cells or other cells will help with COVID-19. The reality is that that’s probably not going to happen. Even so, a whole range of people and firms are somewhat exaggerating and in a few cases outright …Read More