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Cool, encouraging new preclinical study on monkey iPS cells

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What happens if we start using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells clinically in humans? A cool new paper recently came out that gets us closer to being able to predict an answer. It’s an important question as iPS cell-derived cellular products are getting closer to clinical use. For example, the first iPS cell-based clinical trial …

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In cell Olympics iPS cells get gold, while STAP cells are too young to judge

If you are like me, you’ve managed to watch at least a bit of the Olympics the last few weeks. Sometimes I squeeze in a few minutes late at night while multi-tasking writing a grant. Other folks with more time on their hands are Olympics fanatics with gold medals, ice, and snow on the brain …

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Masayo Takahashi Interview on iPS cells, clinical studies, & more

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In the interview below I talk with Dr. Masayo Takahashi, who is leading a team conducting the first ever in-human clinical study based on iPS cells. The work began with patient enrollment on Aug. 1, 2013 in Japan. 1. Can you tell us a bit about your background? As an M.D./Ph.D. and ophthalmologist do you …

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Review of New Yamanaka Paper on Defective iPS cells

A team led by Shinya Yamanaka has published a new study reporting analysis of defective induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells in the journal PNAS. Part of what I liked so much about this paper is that it tackled a very real, but controversial area of stem cell research. By this I mean the reality that a …

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Stem cell journal club: dishing on Nature paper on making iPS cells inside mice

What if you could reprogram cells inside of an organism to a different fate and, for instance, make IPS cells? We can, right? But when most of us think about making induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, we imagine it all happening in a little plastic dish in our labs or in our colleague’s labs, not …

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Stem cell field mostly taking a wait-and-see attitude toward all chemical reprogramming to make iPS cells

I recently did a poll on people’s reactions to the new paper reporting use an all-chemical approach to making iPS cells through cellular reprogramming. I got a good number of responses relatively quickly. The results so far suggest that by far most people think it is too soon to know the importance of this new …

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Janet Rossant, ISSCR President, on her goals, cloning, non-compliant clinics, iPS cells, and future of field

New ISSCR President, Dr. Janet Rossant, kindly agreed to do an interview with me focused on the future of ISSCR, her plans for her tenure, and some key issues in the field. Dr. Rossant is Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. 1. The stem cell arena is a very rapidly changing one …

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Perspectives on human micro-liver-like structures made from iPS cells

The big stem cell buzz the last day or two has been the news exploding across mainstream media outlets about laboratory-produced human livers grown from stem cells. It’s good news to be sure as it would seem we might be one important step closer to a new reality for millions of people suffering from liver disease. …

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Asahi Shimbun Editorial: iPS Cells Rushed For Economic Reasons

In a shocker, Japan’s 2nd largest newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, published an editorial yesterday  saying that iPS cells are being pushed too fast to the clinic for economic reasons. The piece was bluntly entitled “Too much of a rush for clinical trials with iPS cells”. Asahi Shimbun, with a circulation of 10 million, is taking a bold …

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iPS cells top poll as most clinically promising pluripotent stem cells

I just closed my blog’s poll on what are the most clinically promising pluripotent stem cells. Why close the poll now less than 12 hours after I opened it instead of leaving the poll open longer? You’ll find out soon enough. I can’t resist teasing you readers sometimes. iPS cells were the big winners in …

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