August 13, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Antonio Regalado

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Here are some cool science reads to enjoy this weekend. Lab-grown sperm made from stem cells can’t swim, but are able to fertilize eggs, reports Eric Boodman over at STAT. Mouse-human neural crest chimeras: Not only a matter of black and white. Clever title. Antonio Regalado writes about a DNA App Store coming soon to a smartphone near you. Jacob Corn has a new piece at the Washington Post entitled, CRISPR will change lives, but not only through genetic engineering. Obokata tallies retraction number three, RetractionWatch …Read More

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We just ran a CRISPR backronym contest here at the Niche blog. What were we looking for in terms of CRISPR backronyms? We were hoping to see backronyms that were in a sense clever explanations using the letters C, R, I, S, P, R for what CRISPR might “really” stand for if it weren’t Clustered, Regularly, Interspace…you know, the official meaning. We received 58 entries, which were evaluated by the judges: Ben Zimmer, Antonio Regalado, and I. We each scored them separately and then added …Read More

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Update: you can also enter our contest on Twitter using the hashtag #CRISPRback. Do you like contests, words, science, and cash? Enter our new contest. It’s a backronym contest for CRISPR. The author of the best backronym will win a $50 prize paid by me and fame of course as the winner. The judges will be WSJ columnist Ben Zimmer, Senior Editor at MIT Tech Review Antonio Regalado, and myself. A backronym is like an acronym, but flipped around in the sense that you choose words …Read More

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I try to catch up on my science reading over the weekends and evenings. Here’s my recommended weekend reading on stem cells & science. Did I miss anything especially cool? Let me know in the comments. Direct reprogramming of skin cells into insulin-producing cells. I love direct reprogramming. Healios and Athersys Enter Into Regenerative Medicine Partnership. Can they together create regen med success? National honor for helping “the blind see” comes from CIRM blog. Fun piece on CRISPR language by Ben Zimmer. ‘Crispr’ Breaks Out Of the Lab. …Read More