September 18, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

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There has been a lot of attention about a Sutter clinical trial to use adult stem cells for the treatment of autism. I did a post on it here. After more reading, I’m scratching my head even more about the hypothesis at the heart of that trial, but I’m no autism expert. Emily Willingham, who knows far more than I about autism, also did a great post on this Sutter trial her blog. Emily also did a wonderful post on a deeply flawed piece in …Read More

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Do you have a question about stem cells? Post it in the comment sections of this blog post and I’ll do my best to answer it. If I don’t know, I’ll look into it. Update: in 2020 I started a patient Q&A series that you can read here. The best comments/questions may end up as blog posts of their own. Questions can be about anything ranging from molecular or cell biology to stem cell treatments to specific diseases to politics and beyond. Fire away! …Read More

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I’m a big fan of stem cells. I’m a researcher, but also a patient advocate and educator. I’m someone who favors researching adult, embryonic, and induced pluripotent stem cells (aka iPS cells). They all are worth pursuing and in my opinion have the future potential to be an ethical-basis for helping millions of patients who are suffering. My own lab studies all of them. For more background on stem cells, the different kinds, and the key things to keep in mind when thinking about …Read More