Aging

Head transplant surgery? Fact checking & perspectives

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Is a head transplant actually going to be an option for extending life or changing what it means to be human? What about brain transplants? Let’s lump head and brain transplants together. Any possibility of this happening in coming decades? You can watch my video fact-check of head transplants below. Background on the idea of …

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Recommended stem cell reads: retractions, aging, COVID, CRISPR soldiers

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This week we have some interesting new reading including both on the stem cell basic and translational fronts as well as on COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 vaccine considerations From Derek Lowe at In The Pipeline on COVID-19 vaccine expectations at Science Translational Medicine, Get Ready for False Side Effects. You can read my views on possible …

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Liveyon is back (again) with unproven exosome product

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Remember our old friends Liveyon? Their leader John Kosolcharoen? Liveyon’s continuing metamorphosis This biologics supply firm has gone through several stages of corporate metamorphosis as a supplier of biologics including at first a purported living umbilical cord stem cell product. That stem cell thrust ultimately landed a dozen or more people in the hospital as …

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Recommended recent stem cell, cancer, & CRISPR reads

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What’s on your weekend reads list including stem cell papers? In addition to hard-core research papers, I find some bigger picture publications to be helpful too. Then there are just fun items. Every so often I do a post about things that I’m hoping to find time to read over the weekend or that I’ve …

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As Goop Lab TV show approaches, my look at their ‘stem cell’ products

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Gwyneth Paltrow has a new Netflix show coming up in a couple of weeks called “The Goop Lab” and her Goop company promotes a lot of wacky things so one Sunday over lunch I thought I’d take a look at what they sell related to stem cells. Going into this, I didn’t know for sure …

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DIY injection of US Stem Cell product, video after court loss

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A fitness guru named Ben Greenfield has now reported self-injecting non-FDA approved stem cells from US Stem Cell. He says the stem cells came from a clinic that lost a big federal court case 9 days ago. Greenfield posted a Facebook video of the actual injection, which he narrates. There’s some text along with the …

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Weekend reads include herding brains, stem cells, & CRISPR

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Every so often here on The Niche I list science and news articles worth a look as “weekend reads”. Below is my list for this weekend. Enjoy! The first article doesn’t really fit into the other main categories, but the title “herding brains” caught my eye. Stem Cells Stem cells and regenerative capacity in aging …

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4 possible roles for stem cell therapy besides cell replacement

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Historically, the main route of proposed healing via stem cell therapy was cell replacement. In this way of thinking the transplanted cells engrafted (took up home) in the patient’s tissue and replaced dead or diseased cells. However, interest continues to grow in other possible modes of healing by stem cells that don’t rely on cell …

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Anti-aging and the billionaires young blood & stem cell club

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What is the Billionaire’s blood & stem cell club and how does one get into that? The focus of what I’m satirically calling this “billionaire’s club” is on anti-aging and prolonging life. If you have a lot of money and are willing to take risks on yourself toward some specific goal such as staying young …

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