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Irv Weissman’s early career and the mentors that made the difference for him in his own words

It has been a week to think about mentors and I posted somewhat autobiographically on how to find and be a good mentor a few days ago. Also along these lines, I asked one of the great mentors of all time, Irv Weissman, about his early career and who were the mentors that made the […]

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Stem Cell Scientists KO’d in round one versus unproven clinics: where’s the FDA?

One of the greatest and most infuriating ironies of the stem cell-based regenerative medicine universe is that while the FDA strictly regulates the progress of therapy development by Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) and Geron and other legitimate companies, at the same time mysteriously the FDA essentially leaves completely unregulated the companies within the U.S. offering

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Pastor: Christians Should Support Stem Cell Research

Dr. Ted Peters,  Lutheran pastor and Christian Scholar, has a new book out: Sacred Cells? Why Christians Should Support Stem Cell Research. Dr. Peters argues in his book and also at a recent Christian Scholars Conference at Pepperdine University that Christians should respect all sides of this argument and don’t just “have malice towards those

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What are stem cells? Definition & what they are used for

neural stem cells, stem cell therapy

I’ve been lecturing on stem cells as a professor here at UC Davis School of Medicine for many years so I can answer common questions such as “What are stem cells?”. The medical students ask many great questions. They are always interested in clinical applications. The goal of today’s article is to help you have

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A new approach to promoting stem cell research on the Internet

What are the top stem cell websites and blogs in the world? Who decides? Americans and people all over the world are inexorably changing how they get their information. While newspapers and the nightly news used to spoon-feed us the “top stories” in the news, their heyday is over and now most people get their

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Secret Not so Secret Recipe for Safer iPS cells

IPS cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, Knoepfler lab, stained for TRA-1-60, an ES cell marker., where do stem cells come from?

Just how tumorigenic are iPS cells?  The field really doesn’t know at this point. However, a steady stream of papers have raised red flag after red flag about genomic and epigenomic alterations/mutations that are linked to cancer. Of course, then there is the fact that all the genetic changes actually used to make reprogrammed cells

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Stem Cells in Wonderland

The-White-Rabbit-from-Alice-in-Wonderland

In Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland, there is a wonderful passage that came to mind as I read the latest response from the self-proclaimed ‘adult stem cell researchers’ suing the government to stop federally-funded ES cell research: “I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you

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