January 15, 2021

The Niche

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Science blogging is important for educational outreach to the public and to other scientists.

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After all this time writing on The Niche here since 2010, I still haven’t entirely resolved certain blogging dilemmas including when a patient discloses something. It’s kind of a jungle out there on the internet. What kinds of tough blogging dilemmas do I face? I’m just going to give you some examples of the more common ones in this post. Patient disclosures & accusations Privacy. One dilemma that still feels like it needs more concrete approaches on my end is when patients publicly disclose things …Read More

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Today’s post lists the best stem cell blogs and more generally the top biology blogs as well as websites. Making lists of “the best” of anything is fun yet tricky. However, I feel that it can also serve a purpose as a resource. You might also enjoy these other “top” lists I’ve done including List of 50 stem cell influencers on Twitter to follow in 2019, a list of top stem cell journals, and for fun, Elephant in the lab series: top list of science excuses. Blog-o-rama …Read More

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As a scientist blogger, I have a lot to be thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches so I wanted to say “Thanks.” First, I want to thank the readers of this blog who make it a reality. If no one reads a blog, then pretty much it doesn’t exist for all intents and purposes. Second, I want to thank the commenters on this blog. They enrich the dialogue and often teach me and others important things. They sometimes also point out where I screwed up …Read More

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To blog or not to blog? Sometimes that is the question and a tough one. Keep going or shut it down? Let’s say that you are a blogger and scientist. I am one of those people wearing both of those hats. A sexy paper comes out in your field. It’s all over the Internet and news stories. Big claims are made. It’s pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. When you go to the paper itself, however, you find that in reality it …Read More

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I’ve now been blogging about stem cells here on The Niche for nearly 2 years, but why do I keep doing it? I’m by no means the only one who blogs about stem cells, but it is just that professors still are reluctant in the stem cell field to blog. Two outstanding blogs that tied for first place in my 2011 stem cell awards are the Stem Cell Network of Canada and Stem Cell Assays, by Drs. Gunn and Bersenev. As I said in my awards post, …Read More

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After my post 2 months ago about the pressure I have received to stop doing this stem cell blog, I have been flooded with positive feedback (including by some of the top bigwigs in the stem cell field who chose to remain anonymous) and I have been inundated with questions. They had many different comments, but most asked the same two questions: Who wants to shut down your stem cell blog and why? Because of the sensitive nature of this situation, I have chosen …Read More

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While most readers here tell me they greatly value our stem cell blog, after some threats I’m wondering: is it time to shut this blog down? Some people are saying I should or else! Unfortunately, threats to scientists, scientific openness, and science itself are not unusual. This stem cell blog in its current incarnation has now existed for about a year. I’m happy to say that in the last year our readership has grown quite a lot such that we get about 2,000 page …Read More