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Weekly reads: court case, cancer stem cells, skin, pluripotency, & more

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This was a busy week for me working on a grant due Friday and a bunch of other stuff including happily analyzing a bunch of data, but there were tons of interesting papers recently including on pluripotency. California stem cell clinic court case on in the background Along the way this week I was occasionally …

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Overplaying N=1 in the stem cell therapy world

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The regular emails and phone calls I get from patients asking questions about stem cell therapy are a powerful reminder of the fact that research in our field can be very personal. Sometimes individuals who receive experimental stem cell therapy (or other cell therapies) and seem to have a positive outcome can end up becoming …

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Weekly reads: fibroblasts, cancer stem cells, Parkinson’s

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It seems like the field of cell biology has mixed feelings about fibroblasts so I’m going to start off there with the recommended reads. But first, check out our stem cell YouTube channel as we are steadily heading toward 500 subscribers and 30,000 views. Please subscribe. I’ve pasted one of our top videos below, which …

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Weekly reads: Melton leaves Harvard, Fuji, BBC blunder, stem cell niche, more

Senolytics restore the stem cell niche in the brains of mice. Fatt, et al. Stem Cell Reports 2022.

Sometimes a post here on The Niche (named after the stem cell niche) sparks a debate between expert stem cell researchers and often that gives much more depth to a topic. Such was the case with my post this week on where things stand with stem cell therapy for heart disease. It led to a …

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Weekly reads: Google, stem cells & MS, VSELs, ‘hairy’ organoids, MYC

stem cells differentiating into neurons and glia

It’s been quite a ride doing this blog on stem cells and other technologies for more than a dozen years. So far it seems like I’ll keep it going. A large part of the reason is because of people needing good information about our field. Those people include scientists and physicians but also many in …

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Recommended reads: stem cell scientists, eggs from blood, Cryo-Cell

Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka, the first to produce induced pluripotent stem cells

We’ll begin this week’s recommended reads with some news on two wonderful stem cell scientists. While there are thousands of stem cell scientists, some stand out for their especially creative work. News on stem cell scientists   Nobel laureate Yamanaka to retire as director of iPS cell center, Asahi Shimbun. Dr.¬†Yamanaka will spend more time …

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Grading my 21 stem cell & regenerative medicine predictions for 2021

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The world of stem cell research and regenerative medicine is unpredictable but it’s fun to be a part of it and try to do predictions. Each year in late December or early January I make prognostications for the coming year for stem cell research and regenerative medicine. I made 21 such predictions for the current …

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