August 5, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

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Last week a team led by John Rasko of the University of Sydney published a very important stem cell clinic study also in Cell Stem Cell. Thus, there have now been two new reports on the state of the stem cell clinic industry both here in the U.S. and more globally. Leigh Turner and I published our paper at the end of June on the American clinic industry, finding 351 businesses and 570 clinics selling non-FDA approved stem cell therapies. Rasko and colleagues did a much …Read More

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By Heather Main What countries are doing disproportionately well given their size on their stem cell research? When reading through the ISSCR 2015 program you can understand why everyone wants to go to the US for their postdoc as it seems like most of the work being presented is US-based. In fact, this is more than true with 78 of 156 speakers being USA based, a straight 50% of the program. Coming in second is Germany with 11 speakers. Being an Aussie I wanted …Read More

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A commenter on this blog who self-identified as “InsideXcell” has been commenting on this blog about what happened at the highly controversial German stem cell clinic, XCell-Center. By way of background, the XCell-Center was for a time the largest stem cell clinic in all of Europe before it was shutdown. A baby who received care there died. XCell-Center and its former leader, Dr. Cornelius Kleinbloesem (pictured at right), both have received very severe criticism in the media. For example, Kleinbloesem was accused of stealing to support …Read More

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What really happened at XCell-Center in Germany, formerly the largest stem cell clinic in Europe? A baby died after receiving treatment there. Why? Was the death in any way connected to stem cells? (update: note that since post originally went up, quite a few more patient deaths both a clinics and in clinical trials have been reported.) A commenter on a recent post of mine on reports of the possible deaths from stem cell interventions in Germany of three politicians from the Philippines, provided …Read More