November 24, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

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What’s the real story on adult stem cells? Do they really have little to no risk? As a self-proclaimed fan of stem cells, including adult stem cells, I often find myself writing and talking about them to a large, diverse audience. I’ve become a stem cell ambassador of sorts. However, I am also a realist and a scientist who has studied cancer cells as well as the molecular basis of tumorigenesis for about half of my life. As such, I find myself increasingly fighting …Read More

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What are the top 10 stem cell events of a crazy 2012 to date? Based on this wild list in just over 3 months, I would say 2012 overall will prove to be a memorable one. 1. Celltex and McGee versus University of Minnesota’s Turner and Elliott. Glenn McGee, at one point both editor of American Journal of Bioethics and ethics consultant for adult stem cell company, Celltex, finds himself criticized for trying to do both things raising issues of conflict of interest. Now at …Read More

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If you ever had a really bad day, March 13, 2012 might have been just such a bad day for one Dr. Steven Victor, aka “Dr LookGood”, because he received an official warning letter from the FDA. Why? Dr. Victor, who reportedly greets each patient with the catch phrase “You look so much more beautiful than your picture”, is CEO of a stem cell company called IntelliCell Biosciences of NY, NY. It is a stem cell-related cosmetic clinic that some celebrities fancy. The FDA says in its letter that …Read More

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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 in the first palce are linked to cancer: not just Myc, but also Nanog, KLF4, Sox2, loss of p53 function, etc. We all first thought that making iPSCs without …Read More