Stem cells: an insider’s guide

Book Excerpt: Stem Cells for Alzheimer’s Disease–Are We There yet?

Below is an excerpt focused on Alzheimer’s Disease from my new book on stem cells. Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide, which is targeted to a broad audience of people interested in stem cells. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is one of the most devastating illnesses. It destroys the brain, which shrinks over time (see image from Wikipedia …

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Great Christmas Gift: Stem Cell Book 30% Off Now for Holidays

What’s the best Christmas gift for someone you know who is interested in stem cells? How about my new book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide. Check out these reviews: Here are the reviews on Amazon The Node The Sac Bee EuroStemCell Signals Blog Forbes The bonus is that it is 30% off if you buy …

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Law and Order SVF: what is stromal vascular fraction?

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A big, fat elephant in “the room” of the commercial stem cell field today is something called stromal vascular fraction or SVF, made from human fat tissue or adipose. If you care at all about stem cells or the stem cell field more generally, you had better educate yourself on SVF. You can learn a …

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Has anti-aging finally come of age with Google’s Calico?

Can Google’s new anti-aging company, Calico, have you Googling at age 140? Don’t sell your burial plot just yet. The idea of anti-aging has been around for a very long time and efforts to combat aging have spanned millennia largely without any success so Calico (apparently short for California Life Company, which sounds more like …

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Puzzling Institute of Medicine stem cell workshop

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On November 18 in Washington, D.C. the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences will hold a workshop on stem cell therapies. The meeting  (agenda here) is also co-sponsored by ISSCR. I have some major concerns about this meeting. In principle and in a general sense, I believe this is the kind of meeting and …

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Stem Cell Talk & Book Signing Tomorrow October 5 at Noon in Sacramento

Tomorrow at lunch time I’ll be giving a talk on stem cells, taking questions, and signing copies of my new book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide. The event will take place at Shriners Hospital for Children of Northern California in the 1st floor auditorium at noon. The address is 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817. …

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Teaching a class on stem cells? Here’s the book for you & your students

If you teach a class on stem cells, what book or other resource do you use? I know there are a lot of classes on stem cells going on out there. Part of the challenge of teaching students and trainees about stem cells is that the topic is a moving target. Another challenge is that …

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Two upcoming stem cells events I’ll be at this week

Most of the time we all get to interact electronically via blogs, email, Twitter, and so forth. There’s definitely something to be said for in-person interactions though. This coming week I’ll be at two events. First, on Thursday Oct. 10 there will be an event I’ll give a talk on stem cells at the UC …

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