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Weekend Stem Cell Reads: Naked mole rats, geckos, brain gel, & more

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Here are some stem cell reads for the weekend, ranging from media to research articles. TGIF! What are your stem cell or other science weekend reads? Let’s start with how difficult it is to make IPS cells from naked mole rats! Naked Mole Rat Cells Have a Stable Epigenome that Resists iPSC Reprogramming. It takes more than …

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Where I discover an alligator (lizard) in my garden

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If you garden long enough you may start to see some cool critters. We had an unusually wet winter and very hot, dry summer here in Davis, CA. Maybe it’s coincidence, but the range of creatures in my garden seems different. For instance, I’ve been seeing much bigger dragon flies this year and a lot …

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If I only had a blastema: obstacles to human regeneration

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Irv Weissman’s lab came out with a very intriguing paper in Nature this week on regeneration and something called a blastema. It is not exactly on regenerative medicine of the kind we think about using exogenous stem cells, but more about how we might tap into nature’s own program for regeneration by studying other “lower” …

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