January 21, 2021

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Type 1 Diabetes is a huge global problem. Where are the solutions that would compliment or replace insulin therapy for diabetics? There haven’t been too many that have gotten very far, which makes the news of a potential stem cell-based therapy moving along in the pipeline all the more exciting. ViaCyte (see more posts here, here, here, here on the company) just got FDA approval for its investigational new drug (IND), paving the way to start a combined Phase I/II clinical trial. ViaCyte was …Read More

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What might be some natural stem cell boosts? How might we all increase the number or helpful activities of our own stem cells? If possible isn’t that a better, simpler, & safer idea than getting a transplant of stem cells? Think of it as preventative medicine via stem cells. Note that this post was updated in May 2020. It’s not a sure thing by any means. And, yeah, it is not as simple as asking for a free or super boost in your Jamba …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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Sometimes you think you know a person and they suddenly surprise you by doing something so new that it is shocking or by taking on a new personality. Cells can be that way too. In my book on stem cells, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide (you can buy it here on Amazon–it’s very affordable–or also here at the publisher’s site for some international buyers) published last year, great scientific illustrator, Taylor Seamount, and I came up with a new adaptation (see image above) of a classic model …Read More

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Below is an excerpt focused on Alzheimer’s Disease from my new book on stem cells. Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide, which is targeted to a broad audience of people interested in stem cells. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is one of the most devastating illnesses. It destroys the brain, which shrinks over time (see image from Wikipedia at left) as the disease progresses. The toll of AD is not only measured in hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs and millions of deaths, but …Read More

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What’s the best Christmas gift for someone you know who is interested in stem cells? How about my new book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide. Check out these reviews: Here are the reviews on Amazon The Node The Sac Bee EuroStemCell Signals Blog Forbes The bonus is that it is 30% off if you buy it here from the publisher during the holidays. Enter discount code WSHAPPY30. If you prefer you can buy it at Amazon or for Nook/Barnes & Noble. One fun topic in …Read More

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Can Google’s new anti-aging company, Calico, have you Googling at age 140? Don’t sell your burial plot just yet. The idea of anti-aging has been around for a very long time and efforts to combat aging have spanned millennia largely without any success so Calico (apparently short for California Life Company, which sounds more like an insurance company to me) faces long odds. Note too that Calico cats are not known for any particular predisposition to long life. Hmmm. Note that you might find …Read More

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Somewhere out in the ocean there is a container ship steaming from Singapore here to the US and getting close to our shores and on that ship are the first printing copies of my new book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide. At the same time, preparations for the e-book version are just about done. I hope you find the book interesting. It’s topics range from proposed new FDA reforms to a Stem Cell Patient Bill of Rights to an insider’s look at many of …Read More

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In about a month my new book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide, should be available as an e-book from the publisher and from Amazon. It’s available for pre-order now at Amazon here. The “real” book (i.e. the one made of paper) should be available in September. The book costs $29. Any writers out there interested in doing a review please contact me. As I’ve said before, I wrote this book in part because I wanted to learn more about stem cells and had gone looking in …Read More

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I’m excited about my new book that is coming out called, “Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide”. It’s just about complete and fully edited so it should be available later this summer, hopefully relatively much sooner as an e-book. You can pre-order it on Amazon or directly through the publisher here. Note that the final price is $29 (not the price listed on the websites). I’m so happy that worked out to lower the price. This book is unlike anything else written on stem cells. There …Read More