October 28, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell politics

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Texas Governor Rick Perry just announced that he will not run again for governor. This political development has important impact in the stem cell field, particularly in the state of Texas. Perry is one of the biggest advocates of certain types of adult stem cell commercialization. When he is no longer governor there will be impact on certain stem cell for-profits. Texas stem cell clinic, Celltex, has had a rough past year including an FDA audit, FDA warning letter, and suspension of their clinical operations. …Read More

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Stem cells grown in culture are drugs. Agree or disagree? I believe it is a correct statement. I don’t think it is even a question any more as it was a few months ago. Yes, I am convinced that the FDA, as supported by a recent federal court ruling, has it right that growing stem cells in culture yields biological drugs. Such growth makes stem cells fundamentally different than the endogenous stem cells that exist in our bodies. In fact not just me, but …Read More

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U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney is reaching out to the evangelical community here in the U.S. and there’s a stem cell connection. Apparently he’s been doing this for a half dozen years…. How’s that going? What do they talk about? Romney, himself of the Mormon faith, has been working hard to convince American evangelicals that he’s their buddy and they should vote for him. I don’t know why there’s this idea that evangelicals should somehow be afraid of Mormons, which to me seems unfathomable. …Read More

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Dear Governor Rick Perry, Yesterday I came down very hard on you in a post for your visit to the Scripps Research Institute in California and the video that was made about it. (2020 update: Rick Perry is still plugging Celltex after 8 more years!) Maybe I was a bit over the top… However, it got me thinking. I believe in all seriousness that you could make Texas an international leader in stem cells. As much as I personally and professionally believe in embryonic stem cell …Read More