November 27, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Controversy

5 min read

Can hearts repair themselves via their own stem cells? Science evolves Sometimes what we scientists all know to be true turns out later on to be wrong and there are clear instances of this in the stem cell field. For example for decades the dogma was that the adult mammalian brain did not have stem cells, but now most researchers believe that the adult brain does have stem cells, although for humans this is still being debated. What we perceive as factual can change over time. Yamanaka …Read More

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What is one to do when the equivalent of the Surgeon General of the UK calls one’s concerns about something, in this case 3-person IVF, “bunk”? It sure gave me some pause. What’s going on? First, some brief background. The debate over 3-person IVF/mitochondrial transfer technology has been getting more heated. The epicenter for the discussion is the UK where the technology is part way through getting Parliamentary approval. In fact, it could be approved by the House of Lords as soon as tomorrow after it …Read More

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We in the stem cell field should call this past week: A Nightmare on Stem Street. I can’t think of many weeks that have been worse for the stem cell field than this past one. I’m a new week is starting soon. It was a real nightmare, although I wish it was just something fictional out of the movies (see movie poster from Wikipedia). What happened? The STAP horror fest kicked it up a notch in providing pain to the stem cell field with a dramatic …Read More

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It was only a few weeks ago that I reported that the federal government would very soon be taking more legal action against purveyors of dubious, potentially illegal stem cell treatments that might even be called a stem cell scam. Here’s the first of what is likely to be many more actions. Many media outlets are reporting that a Nevada doctor Ralph Conti has been indicted in a Las Vegas Court for an alleged fake stem cell scam. Reportedly, more than 100 patients received …Read More