January 27, 2021

The Niche

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Japan

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Stem cell technology is poised to wow the world with biomedical advances in the coming decades and Japan wants to lead the way. They want to forge ahead particularly with applications that focus on a relatively new kind of stem cells called induced pluripotent stem cells or iPS cells. Japanese researcher, Shinya Yamanaka, first reported production of iPS cells in 2006 in mice and in 2007 in humans. Japan has raced ahead of other countries and they appear to have the intellectual property rights and …Read More

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Is a treatment based on stem cells for Parkinson’s Disease on the horizon? A Japanese team of researchers led by Dr. Jun Takahashi, professor at Kyoto University is reportedly aiming to start on human studies of an induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell-based treatment for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) as early as fiscal year (FY) 2014. In Japan the FY runs from April 1-March 31 so FY2014 would begin in about 10 months. That is still remarkably fast and encouraging in the battle against PD. It …Read More

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My phone has been ringing and my email flowing at an even faster rate than usual over this still breaking story of the reported transplant of iPS cells into human patients by a Japanese scientist, Hisashi Moriguchi , who at some point was a visiting scientist at Harvard, apparently no more recently than 12 years ago. The story is confusing and seems to be rapidly changing by the hour. The fundamental question that remains is did Hisashi Moriguchi transplant iPS cells into patients or not? …Read More