Stem Cells

4,000+ comments on FDA stem cell guidances, mostly clones of “My cells are my cells”

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Keep your hands off of my cells! At least, that is what many are telling the FDA regarding stem cells. The FDA issued four draft guidances related to stem cells in the past year or so, held two public stem cell meetings, and now must decide what it is going to do with an out …

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To stem cell clinics: do your homework & take FDA “current thinking” seriously

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One of the difficult things about the regulatory sphere that covers stem cells in the US is that many aspects are confusing or puzzling both to the public and so-called experts. We’ve been talking through some of the questions that come up in this area in posts and comments on this blog. What does a warning …

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The Odd Couple of Cloning Research: Mitalipov & Woo Suk Hwang Unite

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Remember that old TV show the Odd Couple with very proper Felix Unger and his polar opposite Oscar Madison who has all kinds of baggage? They’ve cloned it into a remake to be on TV soon here in the US in 2015. It seems only fitting then that actual human cloning research has a new …

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Stem cells for Diabetes: the danger of the word ‘cure’

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There has been considerable discussion about the whether the media hyped the recent Harvard stem cells for diabetes paper (see top 10 takeaways of that paper). I believe that this was greatly hyped. This Harvard publication reported production of insulin-secreting cells from human embryonic stem cells (hESC). Newspapers around the world widely exaggerated the potential impact …

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These are your stem cells on drugs…any questions?

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How do “drugs” influence stem cells? Here’s the straight dope. Those of us in the trenches of the stem cell research field spend an inordinate amount of time talking about stem cell treatments (i.e. you inject stem cells into a person hoping for a medical benefit), and far too little time discussing endogenous stem cells. …

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Stem Cell Tourism and Patient Education

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What is the role of public education and stem cell tourism? What type of education is available to patients, caregivers and the public? Can public education actually change people’s minds such that they won’t undergo an unproven stem cell-based intervention (SCBI)? These are the questions I will discuss here. But first, let’s just give a …

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5 new cool stem cell papers worth a look for weekend reading

Some diverse new stem cell papers worth a peek this weekend? Direct reprogramming hits crest: Generation of Multipotent Induced Neural Crest by Direct Reprogramming of Human Postnatal Fibroblasts with a Single Transcription Factor, Cell Stem Cell  Hormone receptors in prostate cancer cells versus stem cells: Concise Review: Androgen Receptor Differential Roles in Stem/Progenitor Cells Including Prostate, Embryonic, Stromal, …

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StemCells, Inc. Faces Lawsuit With Serious Allegations

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StemCells, Inc. is one of those stem cell-related biotech companies that we in the field hope will become a big success and help many patients in the future via stem cell technology. There are a lot of obstacles facing such companies. Some are privately held, while others such as StemCells, Inc. are publicly traded (stock …

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Five possible natural stem cell boosts (but do your homework)

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What might be some natural stem cell boosts? How might we all increase the number or helpful activities of our own stem cells? If possible isn’t that a better, simpler, & safer idea than getting a transplant of stem cells? Think of it as preventative medicine via stem cells. Note that this post was updated …

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