July 14, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Madeline Lancaster

1 min read

The voters have “spoken” and below is the list of the top 12 vote getters from the larger pool of nominees for Stem Cell Person of the Year in 2015. These are some amazing people. Look for more information, such as mini-bios, soon on some of the top finalists. There were nearly 4,700 votes in total. Now I have the tough task of picking from this dozen just one winner, who will receive the recognition as the top stem cell outside the box innovator of …Read More

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The classic sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage keeps coming to mind for me as I see and do research involving organoids. In it, the heroes travel inside of the human body in a craft, observing all kinds of awesome biology in an up close and personal kind of way on route into the brain with the goal to do microsurgery of a sorts. Even though this movie came out a year before I was born, I saw it later as a kid and found it captivating. …Read More

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In a first for the field, scientists have used human pluripotent stem cells to grow miniature brain-like structures in a dish in a lab (see beautiful image of one of these “mini-brains” at left from the paper). This exciting, pioneering feat, accomplished by a team from the Austrian Academy of Science in Vienna led by Dr. Juergen Knoblich (see his lab page here), has drawn great attention in the mainstream media such as here at CNN. The paper, which Lancaster, et al., was published in …Read More