July 12, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Stem Cells

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It was just over a decade ago that I started making websites and it’s been a wild ride. My first site was at the domain name www.chromatin.com, which I was fortunate to have been able to get for a good deal way back when…I think in 2005. You can see here an early 2007 copy of the archive of one of my first versions of the Knoepfler lab website at chromatin.com. I first put up that website around the time that I moved here to …Read More

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Do we own our cells? Do we have some intrinsic right to them once they are outside our bodies? One of the arguments I hear most often from physicians at stem cell clinics and some clinic patients is that patients have an inherent right to ownership and almost unlimited use of their own stem cells, but over the years my own reading on this issue has suggested that actually their assumptions are not necessarily the actual reality. At that link above you can read about some pretty …Read More

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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 of control direct-to-consumer stem cell clinic industry. In part it will need to sort through all public comments from the meeting and those submitted online. There are 4,251 comments …Read More

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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 letter really mean? What triggers it? Why do some businesses selling stem cells get inspected and others don’t? What do some entities get warning letters over the years, while …Read More