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Tribute to pioneering stem cell scientist Meri Firpo

Tenneille Ludwig, Meri Firpo, and Rosario Isasi at a stem cell meeting (l-r).

Last week we lost Meri Firpo, a great scientist and dear friend in the stem cell community who touched many lives in positive ways. Today’s post is a tribute to Meri, who passed away from breast cancer. If you want to add a tribute please add a comment. Meri Firpo short bio Meri received her …

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Weekly stem cell reads: COVID, tail regeneration, aging

tail regeneration

The stem cell field lost a great scientist and friend this week with the passing of Meri Firpo from metastatic breast cancer. I’m going to post a tribute to Meri from several of us sometime this coming week. I’m in a bit of a somber mood but still trying to write, read, and do all …

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Weekly reads: New FDA guidance, brains, MSCs, senescence

human mouse marmoset brain

This week marked the release of new draft FDA guidance on cell and gene therapies. Is the FDA kind of like the guidance counselor at school or more like the principal? It probably depends on many factors. I also find it funny how pretty much everyone in academia and biotech industry works to be compliant …

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The Niche weekend reads: Editas mess, The Niche updates, papers

The news of the week relates to an interim clinical trial report from gene-editing firm Editas on its CRISPR trial for a form of vision loss. On to that in a minute. What have you been reading the past week? Below, I include our weekly list of recommended reads. However, first I wanted to give …

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Recommended reads: a tale of human tails, heart reprogramming, pericytes, microglia

humans with tails

A piece on human tails and how we lost them caught my eye so I’ll start my weekly reads with that. This week I had the fewest Zoom meetings in ages, which allowed me to get more work done in my own lab and more reading. How about that? I even had some in-person meetings …

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Weekly reads: news, legos for stem cells, FDA, cancer, more

Legos for stem cells Fig 1b

I’ve been busy recently focusing more on grant and paper writing than reading papers on stem cells, but my piece on trying to de-extinct mammoths via cloning-like methods drew strong opinions on both sides. Recent news and resources on stem cells We’re still awaiting a verdict in the big California federal court case where the FDA is …

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$7.8 million verdict in stem cell clinics case against Neil Riordan

RMI

Those who follow the stem cell field might be familiar with stem cell clinic operator Neil Riordan. According to a recent press release and some news reports, Riordan just had some bad news in court related to a stem cell clinic in the U.S. Stem cell clinic lawsuit As background, why do those running stem …

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Weekly reads: Bezos & stem cells for anti-aging, Myc, more

young blood, stem cells anti-aging

Stem cells may have anti-aging properties, but they are unlikely to be a real fountain of youth. Even so, people are obsessed with aging and stem cells regularly are thought of as “the ticket” for fighting aging. I’ll start today’s recommended reads with that topic and then go on to list some interesting papers of …

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Weekly reads: vision, MyoD, liver regen, more

fish-eyes-from-stem-cells, stem cells for vision

I love stem cell research but experiments that have practical possible future applications in medicine like for vision loss are especially interesting to me. On the other hand basic research on core transcription factor mechanisms like by MyoD also really grab me. We cover some of this stuff and other ground in today’s recommended reads. …

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Weekly reads: CTCF, Sox transcription factors, Clinic fires back, more

heart stem cells

I’m taking a short break today from working on a big grant to put out this weekly reads post including on Sox transcription factors, cord blood paper controversy, and other interesting papers such as one on CTCF and chromatin domains after mitosis that really struck me. I can actually see blue sky today here in …

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