May 31, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Paul Knoepfler

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The FDA has stem cell clinics squarely on its radar screen now and it’s pulling the trigger with many letters going out to this problematic industry. In the past, sometimes years went by with no letters at all or one letter in total to stem cell clinics so this marks a major shift. Background on lead-up to wave of FDA activity I count 7 letters in a less than two-month span from mid-March to now, which may be the most in history in the …Read More

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I’m in the process of gathering data on how much people have been paying for their various stem cell and related treatments, but I’d like to hear directly from you as to what was your stem cell treatment cost. Also, how much did you pay for platelet rich plasma, also known as PRP? What about exosome therapy? Yes, not all of these are stem cell treatments, but they are often bundled together under the umbrella term “regenerative therapies.” Sometimes they are used sequentially or …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

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There is always plenty of complicated, mixed-bag news on the stem cell and regenerative medicine front so it’s great to highlight when there’s some good news out there. Today’s post includes several such upbeat items. At the bottom I’ve included a list of some recent interesting publications as well. Good news on vision front: jCyte Therapy Deal with Santen Pharmaceutical. David Jensen over at California Stem Cell Report reported on this blockbuster deal for a quarter of a billion dollars. Jensen wrote: “The California …Read More

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This post in Arabic on “خلايا جذعية”  entitled”ماهي الخلايا الجذعية؟” has been updated in 2020, and is part of our SCOPE stem cells not lost in translation project. You can learn more about the educational outreach project and read the other 33 languages there at that link. ماهي الخلايا الجذعية؟ يتكون جسم الإنسان من العديد من الخلايا المهمة لصحتنا اليومية هذه الخلايا مسؤولة عن الكثير من العمليات في اجسامنا على سبيل المثال خلايا القلب مسؤولة عن دقات القلب،خلايا الدماغ مسؤولة عن التفكير،خلايا الكلية مسؤولة …Read More

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How can we scientists find ways to keep doing our research during the COVID19 pandemic even if it has nothing to do with the coronavirus? Also, how should those of us involved in science communication talk about the outbreak? At a more basic level, how can scientists try not to go bonkers during this dark time? Patients and scientist patience As I’ve been writing here on The Niche during the pandemic I’ve been aiming to focus on practical issues. For instance, can new cellular …Read More