January 22, 2021

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I thought I’d take a look again into the world of stem cell supplements since it’s been a few years. What I found now in 2020 wasn’t a pretty picture. This post has several sections so feel free to jump to sections below. What’s in this article Supplements in general   |   Stem cell supplements claims    |   Supplement ads and products    |   Stem-Kine    |   Regenexx Supplements    |   Big picture take-home Note that “supplements” here refer to things people can ingest to …Read More

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Who decides whether a stem cell therapy is “good” or “bad”, and should that kind of a judgment be more focused on direct patient perspectives such as their stem cell therapy reviews as consumers or based on biomedical science? Both? I’ve written before about how stem cell patients are increasingly thinking of themselves as consumers and posting stem cell therapy reviews online including on more general consumer review sites such as Yelp. As much as one can find many positive and some negative overall …Read More

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CRISPR and IPS cells are two of my favorite things so when they come together as in a cool, new paper from Sheng Ding’s lab, I’m excited to read it and curious as to what the scoop is. Since 2006-2007 when mouse and human reprogramming were first reported, many different methods have been explored to make induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells. Along the way we’ve all learned quite a lot about how pluripotency is regulated, whether it is in the context of maintenance or …Read More

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2018 has started quickly on the stem cell and regenerative medicine research front with many interesting new papers and a lot of headlines. You can see my predictions for this year here. Below is a list of some of the more notable papers and striking news headlines. Note that just because I listed a news headline doesn’t mean a fan and in some cases below I include some words of commentary. I’ve also thrown in a few more rando papers of interest to me. …Read More

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Is there a stem cell connection between the brain and aging? Could a type of brain stem cell or the exosomes it secretes control whole body aging? A recent big Nature article from the lab of Dongcheng Cai argues an emphatic “Yes” to these questions, at least in mice. In the Zhang, et al paper, entitled “Hypothalamic stem cells control ageing speed partly through exosomal miRNAs”, their team reports the claim that a narrow population of hypothalamic stem cells are directly fighting aging of the …Read More

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Stem cells to cure baldness? I get asked all kinds of questions as a blogging professor including about the use of stem cells for cloning of humans, sexual enhancement of some kind (see posts here and here) and even that question above about stem cells to cure baldness. Many want to know if a real baldness treatment is coming based on stem cells. Every few years I do an update on that topic and that’s the focus of today’s post. You can see my past posts on this topic here and …Read More

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Advanced Cell Technology (ACT; $ACTC) has a new paper out on using human embryonic stem cells (hESC) to make MSCs with potentially powerful therapeutic potential. The paper, entitled Mesenchymal stem cell population derived from human pluripotent stem cells displays potent immunomodulatory and therapeutic properties, was published in the journal Stem Cells and Development. What’s the scoop on this paper and this area of adult stem cell preclinical/clinical research? It’s an interesting, notable paper. At the same time there are some areas in the paper that could have been …Read More