October 28, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell politics

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You probably have heard by now about the controversial video (below) showing the senior director of medical services of Planned Parenthood, Deborah Nucatola, discussing the procurement and distribution of fetal tissues from abortions for research. The film was taken secretly using a hidden camera by anti-abortion activists who concealed their real identities. It was edited for negative impact, raising questions about fairness and context. Media Matters pointed to three major edits that changed the context in negative ways in terms of perception, making the …Read More

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What are the most interesting questions for the stem cell field in 2014 right now? What’s on your mind? I’m not going to give this deep thought, but rather just list those questions bouncing around at the moment in no particular order. You can see a lot of translational/clinical things are on my mind. I’ve put possible answers, but these are highly speculative and/or based on hope in some cases. What’s next for ACT’s hESC-based clinical trials and Takahashi’s iPS cell-based clinical study for macular …Read More

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The World Stem Cell Summit in San Diego was a great meeting this past week. It was my 3rd straight Summit and the best of all. It’s a unique mix of science, medicine, and policy that links together key players from every corner of the field. I talked stem cells one-on-one or in small groups with more than 100 people in our diverse field during the meeting. It was remarkable. Some patterns emerged in terms of the topics on the most people’s minds. Based …Read More

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I met with Texas Governor Rick Perry, himself a recipient of stem cell transplants, last year to talk stem cells. He was enthusiastic about stem cells to put it mildly and it was great to talk with him. My impression from meeting with him in person is that he is clearly a very intelligent, energetic, and gifted leader. But even the best leaders make mistakes and I think stem cells may spell trouble for him in the long run. Now that he has announced …Read More