365 days a year, 24 hours a day stem cells are growing in labs around the world, providing a never-ending stream of data and products, with real hope, good news, and lots of surprises. You can see some past examples of good news in the stem cell and regenerative medicine field highlighted on The Niche here. Today’s post brings 2 examples of recent good news and a brain organoid surprise. And one bonus more about space and when you’d run out of air (or not …Read More
Envision biting into a warm juicy burger with all the trimmings. If you are a burger fan, your mouth may already be watering. If you are a vegetarian or animal welfare advocate, however, you might be rather disturbed by this imagery. Now imagine that as you are still chewing a bite of that same burger the server tells you that this beef burger was grown in a plastic dish in a stem cell lab. No cow involved! Would you have a beef with such …Read More
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What is the deal with the crazy hullaballoo over the so-called stem cell test tube burger? On the surface, this pseudo-burger sounds kinda cool in a geeky, comic book kind of way, but when I dug just a little deeper, it turns out I’m left asking: where’s the beef? After the burger was mentioned briefly on late night monologues here in the US last week, there’s been a regular media test tube burger firestorm the last day or so. Why? A couple days ago the …Read More
It’s Friday. TGIF….although of course the stem cells will be growing, experiments going, the grants and papers continue being written, and data still analyzed on Saturdays and Sundays too in the stem cell field. Stem cells are not a Mon-Fri, 9-5 kind of universe, but most of you reading this blog know that. It seems like the last few weeks have brought an unusually high level of mainstream media coverage of the stem cell field with big headlines and big stories. What to make …Read More
On his show, Conan O’Brien on Monday (7/29/13) made a stem cell joke, perhaps without even realizing it. The joke was reprinted in the SacBee this morning (see image at right). The joke is based on the recent development of a synthetic hamburger made from stem cells in a lab (you can read more here). Conan calls the stem cell-produced hamburger a “test tube hamburger”. Interestingly, Conan says he would try it! Below left is a picture of the prototype stem cell produced meat …Read More