January 19, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

lung stem cells

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Once or twice a month I do a post on notable stem cell publications and news, which often but not always include research on iPS cells. It’s sort of a recommended reads kind of post, but I often include one or two things that aren’t necessarily recommended exactly yet seem kind of surprising or novel in some ways. Here’s today’s list. One bit of news first On the RMAT front: “FDA Grants RMAT Designation for CAR T-Cell Therapy for Multiple Myeloma.”  You can see …Read More

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The Joint Commission apparently has given some kind of seal of approval to the unproven stem cell clinic-related firm, the Lung Institute, or as it is now often called the Lung Health Institute. For me this raises concerns about the Joint Commission itself or at least its ambulatory care accreditation program through which Lung Health got its thumbs up. What’s the back story here? The Joint Commission is a respected U.S. entity that reviews standards at a variety of thousands of health care organizations including …Read More

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What’s the deal with lung stem cells and stem cells for lungs? For a long time researchers found that stem cells were elusive in adult lungs. There was debate about whether they even existed, but it now seems fairly established that there are some of the little guys in there. Just because one of the early papers on purported human lung stem cells came from Piero Anversa and has been retracted doesn’t mean these stem cell cells don’t exist at all. Other groups have reported …Read More

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Happy science Friday and here’s a TGIF list of recent stem cell news and papers. The FDA warning letter to Richard Burt of Northwestern related to noncompliance issues with his stem cell clinic trial for MS has dominated the news recently, but some other notable things have happened as well on stem cells and more generally in science. I’ve posted some notable news bites below. More insights on molecular mechanisms of control of cancer stem cells and potential ties to metastasis from Nature paper …Read More

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There’s always debate about stem cells and regenerative medicine, right? There are very strong opinions in our field. Here is a list of 10 current, provocative questions. I have my own ideas about the answers to these. Weigh in with comments with your answers. I’m going to do a follow up post with some discussion of the questions. I may do another follow up with the top 10 policy questions in our arena. Here’s today’s list in no particular order.

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Imagine what stem cells might be able to do in terms of revolutionizing medicine and society in coming decades including via a human body shop. It’s an exciting time. One cool notion that’s been out there for a long time (e.g. see this Tech Review piece from 2001) is The Human Body Shop. I’d extend that to The Stem Cell Human Body Shop as I’ve discussed in my book and in this 2013 radio interview. How would this work?In the future it may literally be …Read More

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By David Brafman (from a stem cell clinic infomercial event). With the vast amount of information about stem cells available to the general public, many misconceptions exist regarding stem cells and their potential applications. Paul and other prominent stem cell scientists have done an excellent job of educating the public about the facts regarding stem cells and their potential applications. Nonetheless, over the past several years there has been a proliferation of so-called stem cell ‘clinics’, which promise patients miraculous therapies often for currently …Read More