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New Yamanaka interview gives key insights into future of IPS cells

Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka, the first to produce induced pluripotent stem cells

Where is the field of IPS cells going and how will this impact the overall field of stem cell-based regenerative medicine? Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka, the discoverer of IPS cells, gave a really interesting recent interview to Nikkei that provides some fascinating insights into the future of this exciting technology that is now more than a decade …

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Takahashi team IPS cell vision paper marks major stem cell milestone

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Ring the bell for a stem cell milestone. There’s been a whole lot of commotion about the NEJM article yesterday documenting the experiences of three women with macular degeneration who were blinded by non-FDA approved stem cell eye injections of fat stem cells at a business in Florida, but in the same issue of the journal …

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Japan IPS cell trial for vision to start in new incarnation

Masayo-Takahashi

It’s been a long road, but the first ever IPS cell clinical study in humans is starting up again in a new incarnation. You might say it has been regenerated in a novel form. Masayo Takahashi (高橋 政代) first started the pioneering IPS cell study a few years back in 2014, but it ended up …

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Yamanaka’s baby turns 10: ten IPS cell hot button bullet points

Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka, the first to produce induced pluripotent stem cells

Has it really been 10 years since induced pluripotent stem cells (aka IPS cells or IPSC) came onto the scene in the stem cell field? Yes, it was a decade ago that now Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka (山中伸弥) published that seminal Cell paper on reprogramming to make mouse IPS cells and then human IPS cells …

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Weekend reads: ES cell research polls well, Gordie Howe, MS, IPS cells, and more

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Here are some headlines & articles worth a look and some thought on stem cell and biomedical science more generally. Gallup finds in a new poll that 60% of Americans surveyed find human embryonic stem celsl research “largely acceptable”. On the other hand human reproductive cloning is highly frowned upon, sandwiched in the “highly unacceptable …

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Good stem cell news as Takahashi IPS Cell Trial to Resume

Masayo-Takahashi

Some good news today as the pioneering induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cell trial led by Dr. Masayo Takahashi will resume. This clinical study with a focus on macular degeneration has been on hold for quite some time due to regulatory changes in Japan. There had also been concerns over mutations in the 2nd patient’s IPS …

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Pain in a dish? Drug testing bench to bedside with IPS cells

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A new study on treating pain with a unique stem cell connection caught my attention. The paper was from a team at Pfizer led by Edward B. Stevens. Talk about bench to bedside, these researchers went all the way from patients to patient somatic cells to reprogrammed IPSC to neurons to model pain in a dish …

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New Mitalipov paper on stem cell mitochondria: challenge for IPS cell field?

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A new paper from Shoukhrat Mitalipov’s lab on stem cell mitochondria points to a pattern whereby induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells tend to have more problems if they are from older patients. What does this paper mean for the stem cell field and could it impact more specifically the clinical applications of IPS cells? The new …

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For IPS cell mutations, some reassuring new data but validation still key

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Over the years some scientists including yours truly have expressed concerns about the possibility that mutations could crop up during the reprogramming process to make induced pluripotent stem cells (IPS cells or IPSC). How concerned should we be about IPS cell mutations? A cool new paper, Bhutani, et al, in Nature Communications from a team led by …

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