September 26, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

How to Build a Dragon or Die Trying

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It’s helpful for me to learn about the readers of this blog The Niche in terms of who you are and your backgrounds. Because some people may want to vote more than once on the types of posts they like the most, I’ve allowed re-voting on that poll. Free stuff Those who participate and leave a comment or email me to indicate they did (knoepflerATucdavisDOTedu) will be entered in a random drawing for a bundle of free swag: a stem cell t-shirt and signed …Read More

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When you write a book like our new dragon book, as the first reviews of it start coming in you just never know what they’ll be like. When the person or outlet doing the review has a huge audience, the stakes are higher. How have the early reviews been for our new How to Build a Dragon or Die Trying book? For background, my daughter Julie and I wrote a book about how one would try to make a real, living, fire-breathing dragon. You …Read More

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A couple weeks ago I launched our 2019 stem cell pic contest here on The Niche. It was a challenge for me choosing the winner from the top 9 finalists, whose images I made a composite of that is included toward the end of this post. The picture at the bottom of the composite seems to be of a smiling human dental pulp stem cell, from biologist Matthew Wilgo, which I thought was great. I love contests and holding them here on The Niche …Read More

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Who doesn’t like a good science contest with prizes? There are so many beautiful pictures of cells including some that are stem cell-related out there in journals and on the web. We can find such images are in papers. Sometimes people post such great cell pics on the web too. In the past I’ve run various contests here on The Niche. Perhaps my favorite was a stem cell image contest that attracted some amazing entries (see composite included here). In that spirit, I’m again …Read More