January 15, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Mina Kim

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How should we view biohackers and their DIY use of CRISPR outside of the traditional industry or academic lab environment? Introduction to “Biohackers” and DIY CRISPR Who are biohackers exactly? They are people who “hack” their own biology by transforming their bodies through the insertion of technology or modification of their DNA. More rarely, biohackers hack other people’s bodies, but that could change and become more common. In recent years, with the strides made in CRISPR technology, biohacking in genome modification has garnered much …Read More

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CRISPR applications in the real world The “breakthrough” gene-editing tool, CRISPR Cas9, has been utilized for various purposes since its popularization and commercialization in the early 2010s. While possible uses of gene editing in humans tend to get the most attention, the application of CRISPR-Cas9 also encompasses the animal world and the analysis of a multitude of species from common livestock to exotic, wild animals. The use of CRISPR gene-editing in these animals involves constructing animal models for the research of disease mechanisms and …Read More

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As a pivotal advance in the gene-editing field and timeline, CRISPR continues to be utilized for research on stem cells and human diseases. Today, I will explain some of the most notable recent findings in the stem cell-CRISPR field. To start things off, I have also created an infographic that briefly explains what CRISPR-Cas9 is, what stem cells are, and how they both can be used together to analyze human disease through genetics and potentially treat some specific diseases in the future. You may …Read More

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This is a post by Mina Kim, a UC Davis student intern for The Niche blog, about the main types of cellular therapies being studied clinically for COVID-19. During the novel coronavirus pandemic with millions of COVID-19 cases, the development of safe and effective treatments for patients is vital. Cellular medicine treatments are one of the most common approaches currently being studied in clinical trials by biotech companies and other researchers for COVID patients.  Four of the major cell therapies that are presently undergoing …Read More