November 25, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

brain

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Anyone with a seemingly only semi-functional nervous system now post-election might be turning to science to help their brains bounce back. Here are some of the things I’ve been reading or hope to soon. In good news for the stem cell and regenerative medicine field, especially here in California, it looks like us California voters approved billions more in funding for CIRM, our state stem cell agency. Alzheimer’s new directions FDA scientists appear to offer major endorsement of Biogen’s controversial Alzheimer’s treatment, STAT News. An …Read More

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Does time seem somewhat warped to anyone else in 2020 even without having  had COVID, which could alter brain function? It just seems like with everything going on that time simultaneously both drags and zooms by this year. One sort of reassuring element is that papers keep on being published so we can enjoy cool new science. There’s one last chance to win a bundle of free stem cell and regenerative medicine swag by filling out our reader survey here. It only takes a …Read More

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My lab’s new paper in Communications Biology focused on high-grade pediatric glioma that have mutant histone variant H3.3 and we did something fairly novel that we are calling reciprocal CRISPR. Kids with these tumors have a near zero survival rate within a few years of diagnosis so we as a field desperately need something new to give them and their families real hope. Our paper is entitled, “Reciprocal H3.3 gene editing identifies K27M and G34R mechanisms in pediatric glioma including NOTCH signaling.” What we did in …Read More

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What’s new in the stem cell, cell therapy, and regenerative medicine world as well as biomedical science more generally including cancer? There’s quite a bit of news as reflected in media pieces and new pubs. Today’s post is focused on pubs that just came out. For last week’s recommended reads see here. Oct4-Sox2 Nucleosome Binding & Impact in mESCs This is one of my favorite papers of 2020 so far, coming to us from Science. Mechanisms of OCT4-SOX2 motif readout on nucleosomes. I knew from …Read More