May 30, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell myths

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At least four cases of spinal tumors have now been reported following experimental nasal stem cell transplants for paralysis. There’s some risk of tumor development with just about any stem cell transplant, but risks are higher with experimental injections of unproven stem cells. Whill risks of tumor formation come along even with standard bone marrow and whole organ transplants (both extremely low), there’s a lot more data in those contexts to understand these tiny risks. With unproven stem cell transplants things are often much …Read More

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Did you hear the one about the deep state FDA, big pharma stem cell conspiracy theory? This is the phony idea that the FDA, big pharma, and, heck, sometimes even certain academics (who could that be?) are plotting together as some kind of biomedical secret society or “deep state” to block promising stem cell therapies from reaching patients. It is one of the more persistent stem cell myths out there. Unfortunately, the stem cell arena is more prone these days to this kind of fake news. …Read More

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Snopes said what about stem cells? A brief search of Snopes for “stem cells” produces some wacky claims about our favorite cells. They tackle some stem cell myths floating around out there that overlap somewhat with a post I did about 5 years ago on stem cell myths. I’ve listed below the search results on the first page from Snopes for stem cells, with below each one my thoughts on it. Should You Save Baby Teeth for Stem Cells? Eh, maybe…maybe not. Can a …Read More