Professor Paul Knoepfler, Ph.D.

Paul Knoepfler, Ph.D. is a Professor at UC Davis School of Medicine in Cell Biology and Human Anatomy. His lab does research on stem cells and cancer, especially from an epigenomic angle. He also has been working on policy and ethics matters for many years. The author of 3 books, he also has a popular TED talk on designer babies.

Review of Bioinformant, unproven stem cell clinic promotion, NIH & Pfizer as clients?

Bioinformant stem cell t-shirt

A few years ago a promotional website called Bioinformant popped up in the stem cell arena. It’s very different in some ways than most other stem cell-related websites that I’ve seen. It’s a marketing and promotion site. What’s the backstory? I believe there’s reason for concern here specifically related to Bioinformant promoting unproven stem cell …

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What is Wharton’s jelly & its possible clinical uses?

Wharton's jelly umbilical cord H&E

For more than a year in my first job as a scientist I isolated cells from umbilical cord veins and then tossed the tissue away, never realizing there was more there that could be useful in the form of something called Wharton’s jelly. What’s in this article Umbilical cord histology & Wharton’s jelly | What …

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Recommended reads: Bik, FDA letter, gecko cancer model, David Baltimore on COVID origin

gecko cancer

What can a gecko possibly teach us about skin cancer? Read on. It’s fun when a week’s worth of science reading covers so much territory including COVID-19, geckos that get cancer, a research misconduct sleuth, an FDA letter, and more. Baltimore weighs in on COVID lab origin idea Caltech has a very interesting interview with …

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Quick reaction to milestone ViaCyte data on a diabetes patient

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ViaCyte released encouraging data just now on a patient with implanted stem cell-derived pancreas-like device whose diabetes improved. You can read more about this in the Endpoints piece that I linked to in the previous sentence. Stem cells for diabetes; the ViaCyte update The idea of stem cells for diabetes has been more on my …

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Stem cell therapy for diabetes updates: expected IPO, CRISPR, new pubs, more

stem cell therapy for diabetes

The idea of stem cell therapy for diabetes is both exciting and in a way practical. By that I mean that there’s a good common sense foundation here. The idea of stem cell therapy for diabetes What do I mean? If medical researchers can replace lost beta cells in the pancreas using stem cell-produced beta …

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Recommended reads: ISSCR guidelines pushback, TB outbreak from regen product, pubs

human-embryo-modification

Although in my years as a stem cell biologist I haven’t yet been in a leadership role at the International Society for Stem Cell Research or ISSCR, unproven stem cell clinics have claimed that I somehow speak for ISSCR. I am just a standard member of the group like thousands of other researchers. In fact, …

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New data on stem cell clinics, INDs, & more including from FDA itself

arm slide fda trip program

The International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy or ISCT held a really interesting webinar yesterday on the FDA and unproven stem cell clinics. It was focused on the expiration of the FDA’s discretionary period on unproven stem cell clinics. What will the FDA do now? The webinar included some ideas and also quite a …

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What are adult stem cells & their clinical applications?

mesenchymal cells

When someone uses the term “adult stem cells” you might think that simply means stem cells from adults. However, it’s not that simple. The goal of today’s post is to help you get all the key facts about adult stem cells. This includes the different types of adult stem cells and their clinical potential. What …

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Our new paper assessing trials of cell therapy for COVID-19

stem cells for covid 19 kim knoepfler 2021

After the COVID-19 pandemic started clinical trials quickly sprouted up to test various kinds of cell therapy for COVID-19 including stem cells. The most common rationale for this approach is to suppress damaging overactive immune responses. Trials of cell therapy for COVID-19 including stem cells I’ve written quite a lot about these cellular medicine and …

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Weekly stem cell reads: Pew, cord cells for COVID, more

large b cell lymphoma

Sometimes the recommended weekly stem cell reads are just a bunch of papers I find intriguing, but more often they include at least one or more things that are not necessarily “recommended”. Instead these are items that stimulate discussion and debate. Today’s post includes one such complicated area on cord MSCs related to COVID-19 plus …

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