cancer

Stem cell clinic experimenting on patients with unapproved genetically modified ‘cancer vaccine’?

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What if it seemed based on the public statements of its leader that a business was using an unapproved and unproven, genetically-modified, stem cell-based ‘cancer vaccine’ on patients? Is that possible? Sometimes I think I’ve seen and heard it all when it comes to companies marketing non-FDA approved, scientifically unproven stem cell ‘therapies’ to patients …

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Help research on kid’s fatal cancers via Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

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The Knoepfler lab has formed a team to raise research funds to try to find new treatments and hopefully cures for kids facing a type of mostly fatal brain tumors. Here’s the team page. If you can give us a hand by joining the team or making a donation that’d be wonderful. Any help would be appreciated. …

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Six questions as FDA takes new shot at stem cell clinics

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The FDA issued a historic statement today promising to more clearly define its regulatory policies on stem cell therapies and to take strong action on some stem cell clinics that it views as “bad actors”. I’ve never the FDA use such clear-cut language before. I give big kudos to new FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. It already …

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3 Ways Stem Cells Theoretically May Help John McCain Beat Brain Tumor

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I was really sad when I heard about John McCain’s diagnosis with a glioblastoma, a particularly nasty type of brain tumor that we study in my lab when it shows up in children. My own battle with prostate cancer starting almost 8 years ago might have sensitized me to this news even though I’m in …

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Postdoc Job Opening: Cancer & Stem Cell Epigenomics Knoepfler Lab

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An NIH and foundation-funded postdoctoral fellow position in the Knoepfler Lab at UC Davis School of Medicine is open. The focus of research will be on cancer and stem cell epigenomics. Studies will include functional genomics assays such s ChIP-Seq, chromatin configuration, CRISPR genetics work, and cell biological research. Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD, …

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Are glioma stem cells a path to better outcomes?

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Glioblastoma and other related malignant glioma tumors including diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) are some of the most devastating of all human cancers, and glioma stem cells may contribute to the lethality. You can see an image of a glioma (the white area in the brain scan) from Wikipedia above. These brain tumors usually kill …

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Updated: Do Vulcans Get Prostate Cancer and get surgery for it?

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It’s been a big couple months of headlines in the news for prostate cancer. I’m a prostate cancer survivor and cancer biologist so I spend probably more than my share of time thinking about prostate cancer and from a number of angles. A few days ago I got a test result suggesting I’m still in long-term …

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Prostate cancer and PSA tests: perspectives of a young survivor

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How has prostate cancer changed my life?  On Sunday I was working on grading some papers before dinner when up popped a “you’ve got mail” kind of message. The email said that my PSA (the blood test for prostate cancer) test results were ready. Yay! I was diagnosed with a serious prostate cancer about 28 months …

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