January 18, 2021

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The term Regenerative Medicine covers so much biomedical science these days including everything from just about any kind of cell therapy (not just stem cells) to CRISPR gene editing, and with the the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems this umbrella use of the term now includes potential treatment of viral illnesses. It can be hard to keep track of it all. I’m regularly doing a kind of “regenerative medicine” digest these days to help. Today’s post is just such an aggregate with a focus on …Read More

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We’ve had another week of interesting stem cell news and papers. Here is an aggregate of the stem cell and regenerative medicine week that was. Stem cell therapy for baldness I’ve covered stem cells for hair loss for about a decade here on The Niche. While it seems like it’s taken a long time for this work to advance, there has been concrete progress. From Nature News, Regenerative medicine could pave the way to treating baldness. Here’s the actual Nature paper in question: Hair-bearing human …Read More

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I find following both stem cell news and the stream of interesting publications to be kind of fun and thought-provoking. This past week or two has been very busy. Here is a news summary and list of notable pubs. Stem Cell News on Parkinson’s Disease There were a number of interesting developments on the Parkinson’s Disease front. Over at STAT News, Sharon Begley wrote about a “secret” experiment in this piece: A secret experiment revealed: In a medical first, doctors treat Parkinson’s with a …Read More

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365 days a year, 24 hours a day stem cells are growing in labs around the world, providing a never-ending stream of data and products, with real hope, good news, and lots of surprises. You can see some past examples of good news in the stem cell and regenerative medicine field highlighted on The Niche here. Today’s post brings 2 examples of recent good news and a brain organoid surprise. And one bonus more about space and when you’d run out of air (or not …Read More

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Here are some articles that look especially interesting on stem cells, cancer, and CRISPR. I was just at the SNO meeting in SFO on childhood brain tumors so those are on my mind more. Childhood cerebellar tumours mirror conserved fetal transcriptional programs (Nature) Childhood brain tumors “think” they are building organds in fetuses. H3.3 K27M depletion increases differentiation and extends latency of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma growth in vivo. (Acta Neuropathologica) from Suzy Baker-led team. H3K27M induces defective chromatin spread of PRC2-mediated repressive H3K27me2/me3 and …Read More

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For more than a dozen years we’ve subscribed to The Sacramento Bee newspaper here in Northern California. During those dozen+ years, newspapers across the U.S. have been under huge financial pressures. At a science level, one of the terrible results of this pressure on newspapers has been the vast number of excellent science writers who have lost their jobs. Our family is starting to wonder if The Sacramento Bee can survive. I’m a big supporter of local papers, but I’m just about to give up …Read More

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The 60 Minutes show here in the U.S. has done sobering segments over the years on risky, unproven stem cell clinics, but now there is a new episode of 60 Minutes Australia that is the polar opposite: it mostly made a mess of things with its fluffy coverage of the story of a wonderful little girl with cerebral palsy receiving an unproven stem cell transplant at a clinic in Mexico. The new show segment, which you can watch in two parts (see below) on …Read More

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Enjoy! A Sunday brunch for the brain of science news, helpful links, and notable new papers including on stem cells. News and links CBER Director Focuses on Flexibility to Advance Regenerative Medicines Lab-Grown Blood Stem Cells Produced at Last Transplanted stem cells become eggs in sterile mice Maryland fund awards $8.5 million for stem cell research Positively good news from Asterias for CIRM-funded stem cell clinical trial for spinal cord injury Sergio Canavero: Will His Head Transplants Roll? Century-old tumours offer rare cancer clues Papers Identification of hair shaft progenitors that …Read More

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What’s been up the past week in terms of news in the stem cell world? The Wall Street Journal reports that the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) has signed a 20-year lease on a much larger space, in fact twice the current size, in Manhattan. That would seem to be a great sign of things to come for NYSCF, a fantastic organization led by the wonderful Susan Solomon (pictured in her TED talk), who was quoted that the NYSCF team is growing as well. …Read More

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It’s been a busy few weeks for the stem cell field. Below are some news briefs on developments. RetractionWatch reports that Piero Anversa is leaving Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital after an investigation and dismissed lawsuit he filed against the institution. All still quiet on the STAP cell front at the same institutions. There’s some more clarity and confusion over the Japanese regulatory sphere for IPS cells. New regs may not be issued for another 4 or more months, leaving the clinical studies there in …Read More