August 7, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Publishing

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Garrison Keillor’s NPR show A Prairie Home Companion would sometimes report from a small fictional town call Lake Wobegon. Frankly, I found that show really boring, but I always chuckled when I heard this line: “Well, that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” Sometimes in the biomedical sciences including the stem cell field that particular Lake Wobegon description comes to mind. A scientist might say ironically …Read More

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I asked Nature a half dozen questions about their editorial process. While they declined to answer any direct questions about the STAP cell paper situation, I thank them for answering these questions via a Nature spokesperson. The end result is an intriguing glimpse inside the editorial/review process at Nature. 1. Does Nature have any kind of automated (or human-based) system for checking submitted or accepted manuscripts for plagiarism? If so, when was this system instituted? If not, why not? Nature uses plagiarism software (the CrossCheck …Read More

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One of the problems in the stem cell field is that so few doctors have adequate training in stem cells (biology, transplantation, regulatory issues, GMP, ethics, patient rights, etc) and yet they are treating loads of patients in a for-profit setting. This not puts patients at great risk, but also the physicians themselves are putting themselves at risk both in terms of punitive regulatory actions and patient litigation. More broadly the untrained practice of stem cell-based medicine puts the stem cell field at risk. I …Read More