Weekly Reads

The Niche’s recommended Weekly Reads on stem cell research and regenerative medicine.

Weekly reads: news, legos for stem cells, FDA, cancer, more

Legos for stem cells Fig 1b

I’ve been busy recently focusing more on grant and paper writing than reading papers on stem cells, but my piece on trying to de-extinct mammoths via cloning-like methods drew strong opinions on both sides. Recent news and resources on stem cells We’re still awaiting a verdict in the big California federal court case where the FDA is …

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Weekly reads: CTCF, Sox transcription factors, Clinic fires back, more

heart stem cells

I’m taking a short break today from working on a big grant to put out this weekly reads post including on Sox transcription factors, cord blood paper controversy, and other interesting papers such as one on CTCF and chromatin domains after mitosis that really struck me. I can actually see blue sky today here in …

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Recommend reads: stem cell niche, Georgia & FTC on clinics, more

Georgia AG Chris Carr

This blog is called The Niche so publications on the stem cell niche often catch my eye even if that’s not something my own lab directly works on much. So today’s recommended reads will start with two papers on the stem cell niche. The first one focused on the niche  gone wrong. The stem cell …

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Weekly reads: badgers, organoids, The Onion, & more

A badger in Yellowstone Park. Photo Paul Knoepfler. Could you make organoids from one?

It’s been a little quiet here on The Niche for the past week as I was off in Yellowstone National Park, but I’m back with this week’s recommended weekly reads including a section on organoids. First, I want to share a nature pic from the trip. A highlight was encountering a badger in Lamar Valley …

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Weekly reads: CRISPR’d marsupial, outpatient recovery post stem cell transplants, Parkinson’s, pubs

CRISPR'd baby opossums.

This edition of The Niche weekly reads has a bit more good news than usual including on stem cell transplants. It’s nice to see positive developments like some recipients of hematopoietic stem cell transplants being able to stay at home afterwards. Also, a reminder. You have until July 31 to enter our stem cell video …

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Recommended reads: Bik, FDA letter, gecko cancer model, David Baltimore on COVID origin

gecko cancer

What can a gecko possibly teach us about skin cancer? Read on. It’s fun when a week’s worth of science reading covers so much territory including COVID-19, geckos that get cancer, a research misconduct sleuth, an FDA letter, and more. Baltimore weighs in on COVID lab origin idea Caltech has a very interesting interview with …

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Weekly stem cell reads: Pew, cord cells for COVID, more

large b cell lymphoma

Sometimes the recommended weekly stem cell reads are just a bunch of papers I find intriguing, but more often they include at least one or more things that are not necessarily “recommended”. Instead these are items that stimulate discussion and debate. Today’s post includes one such complicated area on cord MSCs related to COVID-19 plus …

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Weekly reads: cancer stem cells & other pubs plus a puzzler

kyu yum nature cancer stem cells niche

Cancer stem cells are one of the most interesting areas of research, intersecting the stem cell and cancer fields. Today’s weekly reads post highlights some new cancer stem cell articles along with some other interesting papers. I also note a recent weak stem cell clinical trial paper that is not a recommended read but is …

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Weekly reads: escape to New York, CRISPR baby patents, ISSCR guidelines, pubs

the high line in manhattan

My to-read list this weekend includes a range of papers along with various news & media including a report of two US research groups aiming to get CRISPR baby patents. More on that below. At long last a trip + fun thing to do in NYC Last week I took my first trip in more …

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Weekly reads: oncodevelopmental factors, iPSC cancer vaccine, more

stem cell vaccine paper ouyang et al

One of my main research interests is in oncodevelopmental factors. These include factors that are important both for normal stem cell biology and development as well as driving cancer when misregulated. One example includes the MYC family of proto-oncogenes. When I was a postdoc I got especially interested in trying to understand the normal role …

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