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Recommended reads: stem cell scientists, eggs from blood, Cryo-Cell

Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka, the first to produce induced pluripotent stem cells

We’ll begin this week’s recommended reads with some news on two wonderful stem cell scientists. While there are thousands of stem cell scientists, some stand out for their especially creative work. News on stem cell scientists   Nobel laureate Yamanaka to retire as director of iPS cell center, Asahi Shimbun. Dr. Yamanaka will spend more time …

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Explainer on 293 or HEK cells and their use in COVID vaccines

293 cells Knoepfler Lab

A type of human cells used in research called HEK cells or 293s has been much in the news lately, mainly related to COVID-19 vaccine research. There seem to be many misunderstandings about 293 cells so I thought I’d do this post to clear things up. I’ve been working with these cells for almost 3 decades …

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Weekly stem cell reads: pending FDA verdict, blood vessels, RA

Cellular populations in the vascular wall, stem cell niche

Any day now we should get the verdict from the judge in the big stem cell clinic case here in California against Cell Surgical Network, et al. It seems that the FDA is waiting on this verdict before taking some major actions. If the judge rules against the agency it could throw the area into …

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Tribute to pioneering stem cell scientist Meri Firpo

Tenneille Ludwig, Meri Firpo, and Rosario Isasi at a stem cell meeting (l-r).

Last week we lost Meri Firpo, a great scientist and dear friend in the stem cell community who touched many lives in positive ways. Today’s post is a tribute to Meri, who passed away from breast cancer. If you want to add a tribute please add a comment. Meri Firpo short bio Meri received her …

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Weekly stem cell reads: COVID, tail regeneration, aging

tail regeneration

The stem cell field lost a great scientist and friend this week with the passing of Meri Firpo from metastatic breast cancer. I’m going to post a tribute to Meri from several of us sometime this coming week. I’m in a bit of a somber mood but still trying to write, read, and do all …

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Stem cell therapy side effects: infections, tumors & more

stem-cells-eyes side effects

What are the possible stem cell therapy side effects when people are considering going to an unproven clinic? This is a common question I get asked by patients who reach out. For a video version of this post check out the YouTube video below on our stem cell channel. If you like such videos please …

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Recommend reads: stem cell niche, Georgia & FTC on clinics, more

Georgia AG Chris Carr

This blog is called The Niche so publications on the stem cell niche often catch my eye even if that’s not something my own lab directly works on much. So today’s recommended reads will start with two papers on the stem cell niche. The first one focused on the niche  gone wrong. The stem cell …

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A look at “eyes on the brain organoids” Cell Stem Cell paper

brain organoids eyes

Sometimes a paper really catches your eye like a new Cell Stem Cell pub reporting eye-like structures grown on brain organoids. The paper is Human brain organoids assemble functionally integrated bilateral optic vesicles. Let’s take a quick look at this paper, its context, and the potential big-picture implications. Brain organoids with “eyes”? At first glance, …

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Weekly reads including MSCs & cancer stem cells

cancer stem cells

One of my main interests is the relationship between stem cells and cancer as well as what makes cancer stem cells tick. This week I’ve chosen to highlight articles on the role of stem cells in cancer plus other interesting publications. Cancer pubs related to stem cells including on cancer stem cells Identification of cancer-related …

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