September 25, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

cellular medicine

3 min read

One of the biggest issues in the world of cellular medicine and also in cellular research is one of mistaken identity. I’m talking about scientists, doctors, or others thinking that their cells are one type (say type X) when in reality the cells are something else (say type Y). Or maybe the cells are some mixture of types X and Y. If you as a scientist talk to your cells (yes, scientists really do this sometimes), you might quote rock group The Who and ask …Read More

2 min read

One of the problems in the stem cell field is that so few doctors have adequate training in stem cells (biology, transplantation, regulatory issues, GMP, ethics, patient rights, etc) and yet they are treating loads of patients in a for-profit setting. This not puts patients at great risk, but also the physicians themselves are putting themselves at risk both in terms of punitive regulatory actions and patient litigation. More broadly the untrained practice of stem cell-based medicine puts the stem cell field at risk. I …Read More