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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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Recommended reads: CRISPR for Sickle Cell, Parkinson’s, & more

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I’m playing catch-up on some reading given how busy I’ve been and this includes a groundbreaking NEJM pub on CRISPR for Sickle Cell and Thalassemia. CRISPR for Sickle Cell From December, here’s the key paper in the NEJM: CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing for Sickle Cell Disease and β-Thalassemia. There’s a lot to like about this clinical …

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What is a teratoma? Research & treatment

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Sometimes on The Niche or while teaching students as a professor here at UC Davis School of Medicine, I’ve been asked: What is a teratoma? Not all tumors are created equal and some like teratomas are particularly unusual. Exactly what is a teratoma? Teratomas are germ cell tumors. What this means is that the cells …

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21 Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine 2021 Predictions

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In any given field of biomedical science like stem cell research and regenerative medicine, it’s very useful if you can accurately predict the future. It seems, though, that predictions are far more difficult within the more exciting and rapidly-changing fields. The field of stem cells and regenerative medicine fits that bill. Past stem cell research …

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