October 24, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell myths

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The venerable, unbiased website, LifeNews.com, reports that Pepsi has responded to the claims that there are fetal stem cells in their beverage and/or that Pepsi uses fetal stem cells for research. Pepsi responded that there are no fetal cells in any Pepsi products and further is quoted: “Thank you for contacting us at PepsiCo. There are no stem cells, cell lines derived from embryos or fetuses, or fetal tissues in any PepsiCo products. The integrity of our products is critical to PepsiCo, and we …Read More

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Cancer invokes powerful feelings so it is not surprising that there are a lot of harmful myths and urban legends out there about it. As a cancer researcher and cancer survivor, I can see it from both the biomedical research side and the patient side. Here’s my top 10 list of myths & legends about cancer. 1 ) Cancer can be 100% removed from the body. I wish it were true, but there is growing evidence that most of the time doctors cannot get all cancer …Read More

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What’s the deal with the Pepsi stem cell myth? Does Pepsi have stem cells or ingredients from stem cells in it? No. Does the Pepsi corporation use embryonic stem cells to make Pepsi? No. These are myths. Nonetheless, pro-life extremists have been targeting Pepsi because of these fake connections between Pepsi and stem cells as I have blogged about here and here, where you can go for more interesting, sometimes stunning background on this case. Some pro-life shareholders even went so far as to …Read More

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  There are a lot of myths in the stem cell field, some even embraced by some stem cell scientists such as the notion that teratoma are always benign. But when we start talking about translating stem cell technology into the clinic, to the bedside, it is especially important to cast aside our myths, no matter how comforting they might be. One such myth is the idea that there can be a perfect or entirely “normal” stem cell, one that is definitely 100% safe. …Read More