July 11, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

STEM

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This edition of our stem cell news bites finds a number of notable stem cell news items. A potentially cool link between gut stem cells and microbiota is reported by Tae-Hee Kim of the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine. See the nifty image of the stem cells from Dr. Kim showing proliferating gut cells in green in roughly the same location where the stem cells find their home.The work mentioned relates to necrotizing enterocolitis. Note that this article mentions only mouse work so implications in …Read More

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A sad, but not surprising day for the stem cell field as the biotech StemCells, Inc. announced that it is winding down its operations after terminating its spinal cord injury trial called the Pathway Study. The data generated so far did not justify continuing the trial. StemCells, Inc. (stock symbol STEM) has struggled financially for quite some time. In February of this year I asked if the company could cheat death given how bad things were looking and what I was hearing through the …Read More

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California stem cell biotech, StemCells, Inc. ($STEM), has really struggled for years and its stock is now flatlining raising the question: can it cheat death? Will 2016 be the year that STEM turns things around? So far this year hasn’t started off that well. You can see the graph at right from today on the STEM stock price. Ron Leuty over at San Francisco Business Times reported a couple of weeks ago on a juicy severance package for departing STEM CEO Marty McGlynn despite …Read More

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After about a week of polling on views of shirtgate (also known as shirtstorm), the results are in and there are some pretty clear findings. The poll sought to measure people’s views of Dr. Matt Taylor’s wearing of a shirt covered in depictions of scantily clad woman including some with guns during a TV interview on the Rosetta comet landing project. The two most polar possible choices got by far the most answers indicating intense feelings on this topic. By almost a 2:1 margin (52% …Read More