July 4, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

brain stem cells

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A company called Bioquark reportedly claims it intends to bring back the dead, as in deceased people or at least brain dead people, with stem cells. Or at least awaken their brains. If it works, would those people be like zombies? Is it ethical to experiment in this way on dead people? We first met Bioquark last year when their “reanima” idea got some media buzz and I blogged about my skepticism here. From my 2016 post: “The idea seems to be that injection …Read More

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Rainbow stem cell clones. From Scientific Reports: NF-kappaΒ-inducing kinase regulates stem cell phenotype in breast cancer. A call for stem cell optimism. How to harvest stem cells from teeth Stem Cell Transplant Startup With Harvard Tech, Magenta Therapeutics, Gets $48.5M Neurogenic Radial Glia-like Cells in Meninges Migrate and Differentiate into Functionally Integrated Neurons in the Neonatal Cortex (from Cell Stem Cell). Researchers Grow Functioning Human Intestines, Nerves Using Stem Cells Stem cell treatments for some kinds of deafness within a decade?

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There’s been a lot of buzz the last few days about reviving the dead  via stem cells. Is this possible? Who knows, but it would be very long odds. Could it lead to zombies? Not really, but there could be negative outcomes even if it seems to sorta work (more below). Bioquark, Inc. is a biotech company reportedly pursuing the idea of using a combo of lasers and stem cells to bring people back. By dead in this case, we mean people who are brain …Read More

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In a first for the field, scientists have used human pluripotent stem cells to grow miniature brain-like structures in a dish in a lab (see beautiful image of one of these “mini-brains” at left from the paper). This exciting, pioneering feat, accomplished by a team from the Austrian Academy of Science in Vienna led by Dr. Juergen Knoblich (see his lab page here), has drawn great attention in the mainstream media such as here at CNN. The paper, which Lancaster, et al., was published in …Read More