September 26, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Retraction Watch

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Retraction Watch broke the news that Haruko Obokata of the STAP cell train wreck now has a 4th paper retraction. The publication related to the controversial idea that adult tissues have pluripotent potential or actual pluripotent stem cells in them so it was kind of foundational for the debunked STAP cell idea. It also reminds me of VSELs and MUSE cells too, which people to this day still publish about without much attention. There could be some retractions related to VSELs and MUSE cells …Read More

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Here in the U.S. we just had our big Thanksgiving holiday, but science goes, stem cells keep growing and needing attention, and it’s another weekend chance to catch up on our paper reading. Here’s this weekend edition of recommended reads including news items and pubs. From Cell Stem Cell: Single-Cell Transcriptome Analysis of Uniparental Embryos Reveals Parent-of-Origin Effects on Human Preimplantation Development. and another there on stem cell machinery in cancer: Humanized Stem Cell Models of Pediatric Medulloblastoma Reveal an Oct4/mTOR Axis that Promotes Malignancy. …Read More

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Some TGIF stuff to read, think about, and do. Still a few days left to nominate your favorite candidate for my Stem Cell Person of the Year Award for 2015. Who had the most impact this year? Thought outside the box? Let me know. Lots of great nominees already. If you haven’t already, check out the journal Stem Cells’ relatively new webpage, Stem Cell Buzz! If you live in the Bay Area, go to the great upcoming student-run conference at Berkeley on stem cells, …Read More

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  It’s Friday so time for another one of my TGIF science reads, links, and in this case, videos. The Myth of Beer Goggles? from Neuroskeptic. No drinking (even TGIF drinking) doesn’t necessarily make people seem more attractive…research from the field (bars). Interesting insights from search committee chair on who gets the faculty jobs. Some surprises? Faculty job searches – a perspective from the other side of the table. More people suing journals over bad papers outcomes, but not having much luck including this one covered by …Read More