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Conversation with Harmit Malik on Gene Drive & Genetics

Harmit-Malik

Gene drive is a powerful, emerging genetic technology that can force genetic modification into an entire population. For more background on gene drive you can read my previous post. It’s a very exciting, but potentially dangerous technology with sizable possible risks. Recently I had an intriguing conversation with leading geneticist Harmit Malik on gene drive. What …

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New iPS cell conventional wisdom from polls: epigenetics & mutations remain concerns, immunogenicity not so much

I recently did a series of 4 polls on potential roadblock issues in the iPS cell field. The impetus for these polls was my sense that there were substantial differences in views on whether iPS cells were now proven to be equivalent to ES cells in 4 key ways. Turns out the polls got a …

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A layman’s guide to stem cell epigenetics: if you don’t understand epigenetics you don’t know stem cells

I know you care about stem cells and research, but do you know much about epigenetics? You should. If you do not understand epigenetics then you do not understand stem cells. Don’t be put off by the complicated sounding name “epigenetics”. It’s really simple conceptually and below is your easy-to-understand guide. Epigenetics controls nearly every …

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Ukraine clinic seems to backpedal from CRISPR people idea

medeus clinic doctors. their recruitment emails had suggest a goal to crispr people for trait enhancement.

I wrote earlier this week about Medeus clinic in Ukraine seemingly trying to recruit genetics researchers to CRISPR people for trait enhancement. Aiming for CRISPR people with trait enhancement? In the recruitment emails they sent out it seemed fairly clear that they were planning to do CRISPR on people somehow via stem cells. They mentioned …

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Ukraine clinic plans to sell CRISPR enhancements: hair color, skin, & breast size

medeus clinic crispr enhancements

It was a couple of years back that researcher He Jiankui claimed he made three “CRISPR babies.” No one would think about doing any kind of rogue gene-editing again, right? Not even somatic gene edits. After all, as far as we know he’s in jail. We still don’t know the health risks that these three …

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Weekly reads: Stem cells for vision loss & recommended pubs

stem cells for vision loss ribeiro et al

I’m going to start off today’s recommended reads post with some stem cells for vision developments. I had some fun the last 2 weeks as people sent in their entries for our $100 stem cell picture contest. I’ll announce the winner this week. It’s going to be hard to choose given the great entries. Stem …

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Weekly stem cell research reads: BAF, Polycomb, Fertility, More

jonathan hoggatt, Moderna, stem cell research

What might be most surprising about this week’s recommended stem cell research reads is there’s nothing about COVID-19 in here. There are, however, some really great papers. And we can expect more developments on the cellular medicine for COVID-19 front coming soon. Before I jump into the reads, if you haven’t already check out our …

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The Niche reads: COVID, new INDs, clinic suits, papers

duan et al current biology 2021 fig 1b, The Niche recommended reads

Here are my recommended weekly reads for The Niche readership for early February 2021 including COVID-19 and stem cell lawsuit updates, papers, and more. How many papers do you end up reading each week or month these days? More or less than before the pandemic? COVID-19 updates New diabetes cases linked to covid-19, WaPo  ICYMI …

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