July 15, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Poll

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Take our poll: what will be the fates of the stem cell clinic firms sued by the FDA one year from now in October 2019? To be clear, I am asking for your predictions, not what you hope will be the situation a year from now. U.S. Stem Cell, Inc. (USRM) and California Stem Cell Treatment Center along with its parent stem cell clinic chain Cell Surgical Network were separately but in parallel sued in May by the FDA via the DOJ seeking permanent injunctions …Read More

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One of the most common questions about stem cells is economic as patients ask about stem cell treatment cost. How much is the price tag? Empowered with information patients can start thinking like consumers and look out for their own interests more vigorously. I’ve blogged and done polls before about how much patients self-report having paid per treatment, but another important factor needs to be part of this equation: how many stem cell treatments each patient gets. For instance, if a patient reports paying $5,000 …Read More

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Heritable CRISPR to be tried in humans sooner or later…or never? Will someone somewhere in the world try to use CRISPR gene editing or related technology to introduce heritable genetic changes into actual human beings in the next decade? I’m not talking about gene editing viable human embryos just for research which is already ongoing, but rather CRISPR’ing human embryos to then use to try to make babies who grow up to be adult humans with a specific genetic change. How likely is this? Take …Read More

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Is “snake oil” too harsh a term for some of what is sold at some of the worst stem cell clinics? Is the phrase “stem cell clinics” itself accurate and useful in a broad sense? When we read or write the phrase “stem cell clinics”, most people generally know what we’re talking about, but it is not a very precise use of language, especially these days with so many different clinics out there, and there is a lot of room for error. There are …Read More