June 4, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Evan Snyder

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By Jeanne Loring There has been news over the last few days about stem cell researchers pulling out from a documentary called “The Healthcare Revolution”.  First to report on June 15 was Erin Allday of the San Francisco Chronicle, followed by David Jensen’s California Stem Cell Report blog, Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times, and Beth Mole of ArsTechnica. The documentary is a multipart series that included interviews with people designated as “Episode Experts”.  I discovered last Thursday (June 13) that I was listed …Read More

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By Jeanne Loring As the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) celebrates its successes on its 10th anniversary, there is coincidentally a less happy CIRM-related event. One of CIRM’s first investments in stem cell research was a network of dedicated stem cell laboratories throughout California. This program, called “shared labs” has been cancelled. The shared lab idea originated as a means for California researchers to work on human embryonic stem cells without compromising their funding from the NIH. CIRM invested a million dollars for …Read More

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The following is a response to my Open Letter to the UK Parliament on mitochondrial transfer/3-parent technology from Drs. Peter Braude and Robin Lovell-Badge. Dear Professor Knoepfler, We read your open letter to the UK Parliament and the Science and Technology Committee with interest and concern. We are two scientists, like you, with particular interests in genetics, stem cell and developmental biology and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, who were appointed amongst others to form a Panel of independent advisors to the HFEA and the UK …Read More

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Dear UK Parliament and Science and Technology Committee, I am writing to you about your deliberations on “mitochondrial donation” (also known as 3-parent technology) intended for the purpose of preventing heritable mitochondrial disorders. I am concerned about the Department of Health’s recent draft regulations that would allow 3-parent experiments to go forward and the possibility that the UK Parliament may vote to allow it. This experimental technology has a noble goal, but in my opinion there are too many unanswered questions and risks that remain to allow …Read More

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CIRM, the California Stem Cell Agency, is looking for a new President since current President Alan Trounson announced that he will be moving on at some point in the near future. CIRM itself is undergoing changes as it anticipates a key turning point in 2017 when it will not have state funding from Prop 71 any longer barring some new development. I posted before about the results of a very informal survey of stem cell bigwigs about who they were thinking about as possible …Read More