January 22, 2021

The Niche

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When I first started blogging here about stem cells in 2010, frankly it felt pretty lonely out there in cyberspace. Nature‘s great blog by Monya Baker and Natalie DeWitt on stem cells had called it quits late in 2009. For the most part the stem cell blogs and other Internet outlets present early in 2010 were either anti-embryonic stem cell sites or a few predatory stem cell clinic sites. Now there are more stem cell blogs out there. It’s a welcome change. People interested …Read More

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One of my goals is promoting evidence-based medicine and science-based medicine that is in the best interest of the community including patients. Below is a list of recommended reading for you including mostly blogs, but also other resources that should be on your regular must-read list. Some are stem cell-focused, while most are broader. California Stem Cell Report Cell Therapy Blog CIRM Research Blog DrugMonkey Blog EuroStemCell Blog Health in the Global Village Isis the Scientist Life as an Extreme Sport Respectful Insolence RetractionWatch …Read More

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It was intriguing last week to read about another advance in somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT)-based therapeutic cloning of human embryonic stem cells (hESC). The first such work was published last year by Mitalipov’s group from OHSU. This second paper to produce so-called nuclear transfer hESC (NT-hESC) made the important advance to show that it could be done using adult and even old human somatic cells. This is a reproducible technology, which is very important. However, key challenges and concerns remain for human therapeutic cloning …Read More

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This past year of 2013 was a wild one for stem cells. 2014 looks to be just as cool and fun as 2013 as well as having at least as many freaky moments. What’s in store? Here’s your preview to whet your appetite for stem cell info, much you cannot get elsewhere including unique blog series. I can’t spill all the beans, but I’m working on some stories already that I hope will be reader favorites in various ways. Two series in 2014 in …Read More

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Every year I do predictions for the stem cell field for the coming year. You can see my full post on my predictions for this year here. Stay tuned soon for my predictions for 2014. How’d I do for 2013 with my predications? Each prediction for this year that I made last year is bolded and my assessment now of how I did for each is in green or red. I did reasonably well for 2013. Sometimes predictions get mixed in with what hopes or …Read More

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Stem cell blogs are an increasingly important part of the stem cell field. Today in 2013 it is a far different world for stem cell blogs than when I first had my idea to have a blog in 2009 and when I got it going in early 2010. It was pretty darn lonely back then. Most of the other stem cell bloggers out there at that time were either opponents of stem cell research or promoters of dubious clinics who get a cut for …Read More

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There are a few excellent stem cell blogs out there. I can see two main ways to evaluate blogs. The first and most important in my opinion is qualitative. Do you enjoy the blog? Does it have fresh, original, & interesting content? Is it influential? I also look for a sense of humor and a personal touch, but that’s my bias. The second way to judge a blog is perhaps more scientific and that is based on Internet metrics such as traffic, rankings, etc. …Read More

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To blog or not to blog? Sometimes that is the question and a tough one. Keep going or shut it down? Let’s say that you are a blogger and scientist. I am one of those people wearing both of those hats. A sexy paper comes out in your field. It’s all over the Internet and news stories. Big claims are made. It’s pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. When you go to the paper itself, however, you find that in reality it …Read More

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Stem cell blogs make a big contribution to the stem cell world. Which is the best? It’s a tough choice. This year my pick is stemcellassays.com by Alexey Bersenev as 2012 Stem Cell Blog of the Year. You can also follow Alexey on Twitter here. Congrats to Alexey. Alexey’s blog consistently is outstanding in that it educates, provides resources, and includes opinions. The last part is crucial in my opinion for a true blog. I consider Alexey’s blog a must read for those interested in …Read More