October 31, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Lawsuits

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I’m relatively new to podcasts, but am enjoying a new stem cell-focused one called Bad Batch by medical journalist Laura Beil, which I’ve been listening to in the car as I commute. I just finished episode three. I’m curious to hear how the next few episodes of the story unfold. I talked and emailed with Beil as she worked on this project. Her rigorous approach impressed me and she clearly did her homework on it. Bad Batch comes from podcast network Wondery. It is …Read More

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The  unproven stem cell clinic StemGenex appears to now be called Advanced Cell Medicine. StemGenex is facing a proposed class action lawsuit by patients and it also recently received an FDA warning letter. StemGenex is notable too in that it seemed to be considering taking some extreme action against perceived critic websites including potentially the California Stem Cell Agency, CIRM. Could it be trying to put some of the past behind it? A reader of The Niche tipped me off in the comments recently …Read More

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Unproven stem cell clinics are facing a variety of lawsuits these days including two prominent cases filed by the FDA. There are widespread patient suits against clinics as well. In April we saw a new kind of suit in the form of the NY State Attorney General (AG) Letitia James filing against a Manhattan clinic. I’m not going to rehash the allegations (see the above link to my piece with more info), but this one quote from the AG office has some key details: …Read More

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E. coli is a type of bacteria that can cause diseases such as serious GI illness if it ends up in the wrong place like in your food. You can spend the night in the bathroom or end up in the hospital or more rarely a grave depending on the subtype of E. coli. Some are harmless or maybe beneficial. You can imagine that if pathogenic E. coli or similar bacteria are present in a drug product (which can include stem cells) that is …Read More