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Weekly reads: neural stem cells, CRISPR brain, Vertex, cytoplasm surprise

neural stem cells

Some people consider the brain to be equivalent to a living computer and in that sense it’s too bad that computers don’t have the equal of neural stem cells to help them fix themselves. Is the internet one big neural network-like web? There was a quake in the stem cell internet as CIRM’s main website …

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Perspectives on Altos Labs and its $3B cellular rejuvenation push

Altos Labs PIs

I wrote briefly a few months ago about Altos Labs. It’s a new kind of biotech institute that is focused on cellular reprogramming. My original piece was sparked in part by an article around the same time by Antonio Regalado over at MIT Tech Review. He provided some tantalizing details on Altos. Also, I had heard some …

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Recommended reads: Single-cell work, COVID twin study, more

single cell analysis neural stem cells

Sometimes it seems like a theme spontaneously emerges in pubs that I want to read for a given week like the set of single-cell analysis papers but there are diverse, other items including a striking day-night brain stem cell cycle paper and an interesting piece on identical twins who got COVID. What are you reading …

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Head transplant update: fact check & perspectives

sergio canavero perhaps the leading advocate of head transplant technology

Is a head transplant actually going to be an option for extending life or changing what it means to be human? What about brain transplants? Let’s lump head and brain transplants together. Any possibility of this happening in coming decades? How close are we to that reality in 2022? In today’s post I give an …

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Weekly stem cell reads: diabetic wound healing, clinic bad outcomes, pubs list

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What’s new this week in terms of reads includes a stem cell/drug combo for diabetic wonderments healing, more documentation of patient harms from stem cell clinics, and a list of recommending papers. Adult stem cells/glaucoma drug combo promotes diabetic wound healing in mice From a team of my UC Davis School of Medicine colleagues led …

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Sally Temple on adult RPEs for vision impairment, IND, & more

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At the recent RPI stem cell and bioengineering meeting, the Neural Stem Cell Institute’s Sally Temple talked about her group’s intriguing retinal pigmented epithelial cell (RPE) research. With the broad focus of attention in the world of RPEs mostly on those derived from either human ESC or IPSC, it was exciting to here about the …

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Stem cells on the brain: why can’t the brain just fix itself?

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Why doesn’t the brain fix itself using stem cells the way other organs do? Earlier this week I was lecturing to students here at UC Davis on stem cells. One of the points I raised was that most if not all of our organs have a compliment of stem cells that are there to maintain …

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