July 12, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Stem Cells

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There are now so many clinics selling non-FDA approved stem cell offerings across the U.S. that tens or hundreds of thousands of patients are at risk. How did we get here? What if we had a way of understanding how stem cell clinics spread across the U.S. in the first place? For example, an animated map showing the spread of stem cell clinics selling non-FDA approved “treatments” across the U.S. would be useful. With publication of our new paper, the recent work of Leigh Turner …Read More

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Snopes said what about stem cells? A brief search of Snopes for “stem cells” produces some wacky claims about our favorite cells. They tackle some stem cell myths floating around out there that overlap somewhat with a post I did about 5 years ago on stem cell myths. I’ve listed below the search results on the first page from Snopes for stem cells, with below each one my thoughts on it. Should You Save Baby Teeth for Stem Cells? Eh, maybe…maybe not. Can a …Read More

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What happens following pluripotent stem cell transplants into the brain? Are human IPS and ES cells going to function similarly in this context? We recently published a new translational paper on the behavior of human pluripotent stem cells when transplanted into the adult mouse brain in collaboration with my great UC Davis colleague, Dr. Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno. Martinez-Cerdeno V, Barrilleaux B, McDonough A, Ariza J, Yuen B, Somanath P, Le C, Steward C, Horton K, Knoepfler P. Behavior of xeno-transplanted undifferentiated human induced pluripotent stem cells is …Read More

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It’s fun and useful for me to learn about the readers of this blog in terms of who they are and what their interests are in terms of the types of posts that I do. Below are the results of two recent reader surveys that I did to get this kind of information. The two polls got 162 and 192 responses, respectively. Before I get to discussing the results, I also included a prize/raffle element to this survey whereby I would choose one winner …Read More