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
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
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
I’ve updated our stem cell quiz, which has long been a reader favorite. Give the quiz a try! By answering these 50 questions you can see how much of a stem cell expert you are and how well you keep up on the developments in this fast moving field. It’s also fun and you might learn a few things.