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What are embryonic stem cells & where do they come from?

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What are embryonic stem cells and how are they obtained? My lab has been doing research on embryonic stem cells for more than 14 years. You’ve come to the right place for expert answers on these very intriguing cells. What’s in this article Where do embryonic stem cells come from? | SCNT or cloning stem cells …

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Possible safety concerns from new stem cell, RPE vision loss study report

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With stem cells for vision loss, first we want to be sure a treatment won’t make things worse. Several teams around the globe are rigorously studying stem cell-based approaches to vision loss via regulatory-compliant studies including for macular degeneration with some results cautiously upbeat on safety from early phase analyses, but data from a new study on …

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Perspectives on Vatican Stem Cell Meeting: CIRM, Embryonic & Adult Stem Cells

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Over the years, the Vatican has expressed interest and even invested money in the adult stem cell field. Not surprisingly, they’ve also been critical of embryonic stem cell research. Interestingly their own stem cell meetings have at times stimulated heated debate for various reasons and one was even cancelled with at least part of the reason related to …

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Stem Cell Word Cloud: Mesenchymal Dominates in 2015

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What does a stem cell word cloud tell us about the field? Word clouds are fun and informative ways to do textual data mining. I’ve done some in the past that have providing penetrating looks at science including at the whole field of science in 2014. What has the stem cell field overall been focusing on …

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Cloning is cloned again: New Nature Paper is 3rd on Human SCNT

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A new human therapeutic cloning paper is out today, the third in a matter of months. This one is from the lab group of Dr. Dieter Egli published in Nature demonstrating production of nuclear transfer embryonic stem cells (NT-ESCs) from an adult human somatic donor via somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). This human SCNT paper follows …

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BioTime CEO Mike West Interview Part 2: Geron & hESC

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When you want to both know the real history of the pluripotent stem cell-based biotech industry and perspectives on its future, there are only a handful of people to turn to and one of them is definitely Dr. Michael West, CEO of BioTime. I’m doing a several part series of blog posts on a lengthy …

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Stem cell field reacts somewhat cautiously to mammary pluripotent stem cell paper

An interesting paper just came out in PNAS reporting the apparent presence of pluripotent stem cells in the adult breast. The paper is Roy, et al. and is from Thea Tlsty’s outstanding lab at UCSF. I have read the paper and it seems very solid technically to me. The finding has stimulated some powerful metaphors. …

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Sherley v Sebelius: Will SCOTUS hear the case? What happens if it does?

The buzz topic in the stem cell field right now is whether the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will take up the Sherley v Sebelius (S v S) case over the legality of federal funding of embryonic stem cell research in the U.S. The SCOTUS decision as to whether to hear the S v S should …

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What was the strangest event for stem cells in 2012? Pick from top 5 in poll

Every year around this time I put my “best of” the year in stem cells including awards such as my Stem Cell Person of the Year Award. For example here are the 2011 awards. This year I’m also trying with difficult to decide on what was the craziest thing for stem cells that happened in …

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