June 6, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

spore stem cells

1 min read

I’ve been doing a poll on the extent to which people believe or do not believe in the stress-induced STAP stem cells reported in Nature last week. In just a few days of poll, we’ve got almost 400 respondents, which is great. It’s still not a scientific poll, but the results (above) are interesting for a number of reasons. First of all, people who the poll are in general relatively guarded about STAP stem cells. Few people are 100% convinced or close to convinced …Read More

5 min read

The recent publication of two Nature papers on acid treatment produced stem cells (so-called STAP stem cells) has been a blockbuster story in the stem cell field and has grabbed major global media attention as well. For background my review of the paper here and more thoughts here. Many people understandably want to learn more about STAP stem cells.  For that reason, I invited Dr. Charles Vacanti to do an interview on my blog. Dr. Vacanti is Professor of Anaesthesia and head of the Department of Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, …Read More