November 26, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell politics

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Are Trump and the Republican Party showing major hypocrisy over Trump’s use of experimental COVID-19 therapies in part developed by Regeneron using embryonic and fetal cells? The Internet is kind of blowing up over this. Trump’s collision with stem cells For example, people are directly confronting Trump on Twitter over his recent all caps tweet about voting pro-life (see below) despite using the Regeneron experimental therapy for his COVID-19, which again used cells that the GOP opposes. Note that while it’s hard to be …Read More

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How can we scientists find ways to keep doing our research during the COVID19 pandemic even if it has nothing to do with the coronavirus? Also, how should those of us involved in science communication talk about the outbreak? At a more basic level, how can scientists try not to go bonkers during this dark time? Patients and scientist patience As I’ve been writing here on The Niche during the pandemic I’ve been aiming to focus on practical issues. For instance, can new cellular …Read More

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One of the biggest stem cell news stories of 2016 has been the REGROW Act, a bill intended to accelerate investigational stem cell and regenerative medicine therapies to patients by lessening FDA oversight, but in the last couple months REGROW has mostly disappeared from the news. Will REGROW do a reappearing act like some kind of magician? REGROW is in fact still out there so it is not gone by any means. Republican senators have been discussing including REGROW in a large medical spending bill …Read More