September 20, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

TGIF

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Happy science Friday and here’s a TGIF list of recent stem cell news and papers. The FDA warning letter to Richard Burt of Northwestern related to noncompliance issues with his stem cell clinic trial for MS has dominated the news recently, but some other notable things have happened as well on stem cells and more generally in science. I’ve posted some notable news bites below. More insights on molecular mechanisms of control of cancer stem cells and potential ties to metastasis from Nature paper …Read More

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Sounds recommended weekend reads for you to enjoy since it is Friday and almost the weekend including stem cells, CRISPR, cats, cloning, and more. Holy GMO, China wants to buy Syngenta. RetractionWatch says that Macchiarini will soon be out at Karolinska. For more on this “super surgeon” who used stem cells, see here regarding recent Vanity Fair Expose. David Jensen on CIRM and human genetic modification: no germline work funded now, but possible in the future. This is pretty awesome. Canadian ‘dream team’ to probe stem-cell …Read More

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It’s a shame that National Geographic (NatGeo) has become part of a corporate empire that is not always consistent, to put it nicely, with data-based reality. Can NatGeo maintain its credibility and impact, when it is owned by a climate change denier (quoted for example as dissing folks as “extreme greenies”) who also has other very non-scientific priorities? There’s been an increasing amount of discussion of the technology that could produce GM humans. This dialogue includes the new Hinxton Statement (my take on that here) and …Read More

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  It’s Friday so time for another one of my TGIF science reads, links, and in this case, videos. The Myth of Beer Goggles? from Neuroskeptic. No drinking (even TGIF drinking) doesn’t necessarily make people seem more attractive…research from the field (bars). Interesting insights from search committee chair on who gets the faculty jobs. Some surprises? Faculty job searches – a perspective from the other side of the table. More people suing journals over bad papers outcomes, but not having much luck including this one covered by …Read More