August 4, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

science poll

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Heritable CRISPR to be tried in humans sooner or later…or never? Will someone somewhere in the world try to use CRISPR gene editing or related technology to introduce heritable genetic changes into actual human beings in the next decade? I’m not talking about gene editing viable human embryos just for research which is already ongoing, but rather CRISPR’ing human embryos to then use to try to make babies who grow up to be adult humans with a specific genetic change. How likely is this? Take …Read More

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The U.S. Senate just passed a bill that if it becomes law would codify Right-To-Try as a federal law, meaning terminally patients across the U.S. could ask their physicians and drug manufacturers to be given still investigational therapies such as still unproven stem cell therapies in development. The bill’s official name is “The Trickett Wendler Frank Mongiello Jordan McLinn,and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017.” Its goal is summarized this way, “To authorize the use of unapproved medical products by patients diagnosed …Read More

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After about a week of polling on views of shirtgate (also known as shirtstorm), the results are in and there are some pretty clear findings. The poll sought to measure people’s views of Dr. Matt Taylor’s wearing of a shirt covered in depictions of scantily clad woman including some with guns during a TV interview on the Rosetta comet landing project. The two most polar possible choices got by far the most answers indicating intense feelings on this topic. By almost a 2:1 margin (52% …Read More