May 28, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Dov Zipori

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What’s the latest on the now two-week-old STAP stem cell saga? More preliminary data from around the world.  People continue to deposit their data into our crowdsourcing page with 8 reports so far and I know some of them are from top-notch labs. Only one of them is even slightly encouraging with a report of faint activity from a Nanog-GFP reporter, while the rest are discouraging. It is still early days, but I think if nothing else so far these reports tell us that …Read More

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Acid-induced pluripotent or even totipotent stem cells, called STAP stem cells, have thrown the stem cell field for a bit of a loop. For more background see my interview with the key public face of STAP, Dr. Charles Vacanti, as well as my review of their paper, my top 5 reasons for skepticism, and some other thoughts. Do you believe in STAP? You can also see a poll from the first week post-STAP and you can vote in a current ongoing poll. What are the latest developments on the STAP front? Human too? We …Read More