May 31, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

science-based medicine

7 min read

Amongst all that is bouncing around within the stem cell clinic maelstrom out there, one thing stands out for me as the most troubling. I’m talking about for-profit experimentation on children, such as injection of kids with unproven stem cells for autism or cerebral palsy by unproven clinics. In my opinion it’s almost always going to be risky and unethical. Doing any clinical research on children requires extra care and planning even within an FDA-approved clinical trial context. Obviously pediatric clinical trials are crucial, …Read More

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We’re seeing more muddy waters in the stem cell universe. A chiropractic stem cell and alternative medicine clinic has popped up calling itself, of all things, CIRM. On another front, an already controversial docuseries set to air tomorrow combines interviews with prominent academic stem cell scientists and unproven stem cell clinic folks, muddying the waters. Was that the goal? What’s the deal? As to the stem cell clinic referring to itself as CIRM, some of us in the stem cell world already know of …Read More

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Is fat-free always a good thing…even for unproven stem cell clinics? It must be a challenge for a stem cell clinic firm like US Stem Cell, Inc. (USRM) to face an imminent possible future where it cannot sell injections of its main product, fat stem cells, in the US. After all, “US” and “Stem Cell” constitute its name. Ouch. It’s probable that a year or so from now the FDA lawsuit against USRM will be over and the “fat stem cell lady” will have sung …Read More

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There are gray areas within the larger stem cell sphere or as I called it in a recent paper “the stem cell ecosystem“, but chiropractors doing stem cell transplants is not one of them. This is unethical and risky on many levels, but the number of chiropractors selling stem cells is increasing rapidly nonetheless. Chiropractors who are selling stem cells should stop and their organizations should prohibit it. The money involved makes it likely that somehow they will have to be forced to stop. …Read More

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TGIF recommended weekend reads including thought-provoking reading over a beer, glass of wine, or beaker…and what would RNA taste like? Two from Alexey Bersenev The future of human limb bioengineering Translating Cell Therapies: Academic versus Industry model CIRM blog: two cool recent posts Specialized Embryonic Stem Cells Yield Insights into X Chromosome Inactivation Da Mayor and the clinical trial that could help save his vision Science-Based Medicine We Should Abandon the Concept of “Alternative Medicine” RetractionWatch scares the labcoats off of scientists with this 8 things …Read More

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One of my goals is promoting evidence-based medicine and science-based medicine that is in the best interest of the community including patients. Below is a list of recommended reading for you including mostly blogs, but also other resources that should be on your regular must-read list. Some are stem cell-focused, while most are broader. California Stem Cell Report Cell Therapy Blog CIRM Research Blog DrugMonkey Blog EuroStemCell Blog Health in the Global Village Isis the Scientist Life as an Extreme Sport Respectful Insolence RetractionWatch …Read More