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More on the Vatican $1 million gamble on NeoStem and their upcoming conference in Rome

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In mid-November the Catholic Church, in fact the Vatican itself, will do something it has never done before in its very long existence. It will hold a conference on stem cells. Perhaps equally unusual and of interest is the fact that the basis for this conference is a $1 million (USD) gamble by the Vatican …

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What is stem cell therapy?

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What should patients think about and ask about when they are considering a stem cell treatment, particularly from a for-profit, unproven stem cell clinic? Patient guide to stem cell therapies For better or worse, I am in the unique position in 2021 of being a stem cell scientist and also a former cancer patient. Looking …

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Rick Perry’s first stem cell rodeo: it ain’t pretty

Texas Governor and GOP presidential nominee wannabe, Rick Perry, seems to have stepped in it again when it comes to stem cells. It seems he put the cart before the horse on a grand scale, getting what appears to be an unlawful treatment and only now pleading for it to be legalized after the fact …

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Stem cell grapevine gone wild: Did football star get an iPS cell transplant and has the first human been cloned?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nWsanSmAxw The stem cell field is exciting and the technology powerful. Not surprisingly there is a great deal of intense behind the scenes rumors about various hard to believe developments and news stories that also seem incredible. One such line of gossip was that the FBI was poised to crack down much more severely on …

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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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Everything you need to know about publishing in the iPS cell field

I have posted before about publishing trends in the iPS cell field here and in here…. but where do things stand today? Here, I provide an important update. What’s going on now? Here I provide answers to the key questions. How many papers are there on iPS cells? An interesting and unexpected trend for this …

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Stem cell tourism disaster coming: my case for caution

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Stem Cell Tourism is a blanket term now used to refer to patients receiving non-FDA approved stem cell treatments either by traveling here within the U.S. or more often outside the U.S. Clinics are sprouting up all over the world offering treatments based on stem cells. The science behind these is often non-existent. Most stem …

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Thinking on your feet: practical suggestions for creating and using a standing workstation

You know how when people give you bad news they ask “Are you sitting down?” Since I’m going to give you some good news in this post, I ask you now as you are reading this, are you standing up? We are constantly bombarded with news stories about what is bad for us. Some of …

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Stem cell sports medicine: trying to win the World Series during Spring training

There has been a lot of publicity about the reported stem cell treatment of NY Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon.  According to several sources, Colon received his treatment in his native Dominican Republic. Major League Baseball reportedly seems most concerned about this case, at least publicly, because human growth hormone (hGH) might have been used in …

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