September 18, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Stem.MD

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Each year towards the end of December I make predictions for the coming year as I did for 2015. In the past I usually make a top 10 prediction list, but for this year I made 20 predictions. Admittedly some of them may have been more hopes than predictions. At mid-year today on June 30th, how am I doing with 2015 predictions? See below. Note that of course for some the jury is still out. BTW, stay tuned for more on an upcoming update …Read More

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When I started blogging in 2010 the stem cell arena was a very different place including the fact I could count the number of US stem cell clinics on one hand. This blog, called The Niche for many years, was just “Knoepfler Stem Cell Blog” back then. Also, back then the hot topic was the battle over the legality of federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. That battle is over, or at least in hibernation, with a 2013 federal court ruling allowing such funding …Read More

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One of the most concerning new trends in the stem cell arena is the explosive growth of chains of for-profit stem cell clinics in the US including Stem MD. This kind of franchising of stem cell for-profit operations deeply concerns me in terms of its potential risks to increasing numbers of patients and to the stem cell field as a whole. I recently did an interview series with the leaders of one such chain, the Cell Surgical Network. It’s a group of dozens of linked clinics with …Read More