August 13, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Antonio Regalado

3 min read

A stem cell biotech in the news this week was one that had mostly flown under the radar previously with aim to zap cancer stem cells. Stemcentrx has a focus on killing cancer stem cells as a novel approach to treating cancer. Antonio Regalado had a nice article yesterday on the company. He reports that Stemcentrx has around a half a billion in funding. It is valued in the billions. These are very unusual figures for a stem cell biotech. Stemcentrx is developing novel cancer therapeutics such …Read More

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TGIF recommended weekend reads including thought-provoking reading over a beer, glass of wine, or beaker…and what would RNA taste like? Two from Alexey Bersenev The future of human limb bioengineering Translating Cell Therapies: Academic versus Industry model CIRM blog: two cool recent posts Specialized Embryonic Stem Cells Yield Insights into X Chromosome Inactivation Da Mayor and the clinical trial that could help save his vision Science-Based Medicine We Should Abandon the Concept of “Alternative Medicine” RetractionWatch scares the labcoats off of scientists with this 8 things …Read More

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Many of us scientists, ethicists, and legal scholars are working on educational outreach to the public on the potential use of gene editing technologies to genetically modify human beings, but clearly there’s a long way to go and much more to do on this front. The future use of CRISPR to edit the human genome in a heritable manner could be imminent or many years away, but clearly there is a move in that direction technologically and there are advocates of human modification such as some …Read More

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In March, I was thinking it’d be fun to do an April Fool’s Day post. I wrote the following as a possible satire spoof piece title but never had a chance to do an actual post: iPhone 7 To Come With iPhone 7ATGC Version with Personal DNA Sequencer Now perhaps my idea for an April Fool’s Day prank piece might not be so far off the mark from reality. Antonio Regalado just reported on rumors that Apple might be seriously considering getting into the …Read More