September 18, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

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By Jeanne Loring 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 blast off! It’s good to get out of the lab occasionally to get a different perspective.   Last Thursday, December 5, I got a very different perspective, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where I got to watch the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft be launched by a Falcon 9 rocket. I was there because two years ago my research team was offered the opportunity to design an experiment for the International Space Station (ISS).  The …Read More

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I’m a Star Wars fan so I was definitely going to watch the new series The Mandalorian. Even if you’re not that familiar with the new series, you might heard mention of one its characters nicknamed Baby Yoda on Twitter or elsewhere. Many spoilers are coming below so if you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading now! Don’t go on in that case. Okay, you’ve been warned. If you don’t want to read The Mandalorian review and get spoilers, maybe go read my past …Read More

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Every now and then I collect a bunch of recent science good news that I’ve come across. Here are some past ‘good news’ posts. Today’s post includes such a recent collection and some funny stuff too at the end. Enjoy! BTW, science is not necessarily all about stem cells, right? Talk about good news. 1,000th Condor chick born! The hard-won comeback of the California condor More hope on new ways to battle HIV. Simpler HIV treatment and prevention strategies take center stage Humming  brain? …Read More

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NASA researchers have been interested in the effects of space travel and in particular microgravity (μg; not to be confused in this context with the common abbreviation for micrograms) on stem cells. For instance, see the past piece “Stem Cells Take Wild Ride in Space Capsule”. In a new NASA study led by Dr. Eduardo A.C. Almeida, the researchers found that μg reduced the regenerative capacity of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESC). The mESC taken to space exhibited altered behavior including reduced differentiation into a …Read More