November 30, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Patient Questions

6 min read

People ask me questions about stem cells all the time so I decide to do a new blog series answering your questions. Today’s post is  the first in this new stem cell Q&A series. Past series have included my Elephant in the Lab series that provides some insights into the craziness that sometimes goes on in academic research with sometimes biting science humor. I’ve also gotten many great questions on my Reddit AMAs both about stem cells and CRISPR. I’m focusing today on a …Read More

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Lately on average patients or patient relatives contact me about stem cells more than once a week. That’s about 50 times a year. The patients or their parents have questions about stem cells most often. Sometimes they have comments about this blog. Other times they ask for medical advice from me. Because I am a Ph.D. scientist  I do not ever give medical advice, but I often have fruitful discussions with patients about stem cell science and the realities of stem cell interventions. The …Read More

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Do you have a question about stem cells? Post it in the comment sections of this blog post and I’ll do my best to answer it. If I don’t know, I’ll look into it. Update: in 2020 I started a patient Q&A series that you can read here. The best comments/questions may end up as blog posts of their own. Questions can be about anything ranging from molecular or cell biology to stem cell treatments to specific diseases to politics and beyond. Fire away! …Read More

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Should men get a PSA test for prostate cancer? The same federal panel that recommended that women in their 40s not get routine mammograms has now come forth with the statement that PSA testing men for detection of prostate cancer should be stopped. I think it is not that simple and I still believe in PSA testing, just with changes in how it is done. As many of you know, I’m a prostate cancer survivor and now patient advocate, having been diagnosed with a relatively …Read More