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Mesenchymal cells or MSCs: definition, stem cell fraction, & trial map

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I confess that I’m old enough to remember when the acronym MSC stood unambiguously for “mesenchymal stem cells”, but should it refer to a broader term like “mesenchymal cells”? The field has moved in that direction. I think that’s the best way to go too and I’ll explain why. The goal of today’s post is …

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The Niche reads: COVID, new INDs, clinic suits, papers

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Here are my recommended weekly reads for The Niche readership for early February 2021 including COVID-19 and stem cell lawsuit updates, papers, and more. How many papers do you end up reading each week or month these days? More or less than before the pandemic? COVID-19 updates New diabetes cases linked to covid-19, WaPo¬† ICYMI …

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Lawmaker indicted for selling fake stem cells for COVID & more

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A grand jury indicted Missouri state representative and assistant physician Patricia Derges for allegedly selling and injecting patients with fake stem cells. The injection was reportedly just of amniotic fluid, but Derges allegedly claimed it was a stem cell treatment. NBC News was one of several media outlets that broke the story here after the …

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How much does platelet rich plasma or PRP injection cost? Is it a good option?

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How much does platelet rich plasma or PRP injection cost? We might start by first talking about how to define PRP. PRP is an extract from blood enriched for platelet growth factors. There are many ways of making PRP and products are very heterogeneous. Some preps may contain actual platelets or fragments of platelets. These …

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Hub of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Meetings 2021

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Science must go on and so must stem cell meetings 2021 with all those great conferences out there, but this year it’s going to be different, right? Every year I put up a continually-updated list of stem cell meetings and conferences. I’ve got my 2021 even if most of what’s out there is going to …

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Recommended reads: jobs, FDA letter, & The Niche new look

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During the week as I’m doing other stuff I keep my eyes open for interesting things to read, including over the weekend about stem cell research, COVID, CRISPR, and more for The Niche weekly recommended reads. This week a lot was going as we updated The Niche site to our new theme and format. I …

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What are induced pluripotent stem cells or IPS cells & clinical prospects?

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Induced pluripotent stem cells or IPS cells just might be the most exciting development in the stem cell field over the last 15 years. They have unique potential for clinical impact for regenerative medicine too, both through their use to produce differentiated cellular therapies and indirectly via disease modeling as well as drug screening. The …

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Recommended reads: Single-cell work, COVID twin study, more

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Sometimes it seems like a theme spontaneously emerges in pubs that I want to read for a given week like the set of single-cell analysis papers but there are diverse, other items including a striking day-night brain stem cell cycle paper and an interesting piece on identical twins who got COVID. What are you reading …

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2020 The Screamers Science Hype Award goes to Stephen Hahn

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Today’s post announces the winner of the 2020 The Screamers Science Hype Award. Since this is the inaugural year for The Screamers, I’m just going to give out one main award: Overall Worst Science Hype. Science Hype Award to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn Remarkably, the winner of the overall The Screamers Award for Science Hype …

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Fact-checking, pros and cons of cord blood banking

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When my wife and I were expecting our first daughter way back in the nineties, we received a paper pamphlet about cord blood banking. Back then, I was a graduate student at UC San Diego School of Medicine working toward my Ph.D. in Molecular Pathology and my wife was in medical school at the time …

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