July 10, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

vatican stem cells

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We kind of take for granted these days that embryonic stem cell research can proceed without any restrictions, at least at the federal level. However, in the early days of blogging here on The Niche the big debate and battle were over federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Things got very complicated and for a time the funding was illegal. We should learn from this science history because things could easily go back to that restrictive atmosphere again. Science is not in a …Read More

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This past week’s coverage of unproven stem cells exhibited a wide range both in tone and in topics including golfer Jack Nicklaus. There were the three critical articles on clinics that I blogged about earlier and then there was a CNN puff piece by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Roni Selig mostly focused on Nicklaus. Note that “unproven” is not necessarily a bad word or pejorative adjective for stem cells as pretty much everything in clinical trials is still unproven, but if unproven stem cells are …Read More

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The Vatican will again hold a stem cell meeting and this time it is planned for 2016 as you can see from the conference website. A full list of 2016 stem cell meetings is here on our meeting hub. Over the past several years the Vatican has held and tried to hold different stem cell meetings. The 2012 attempt ending in disarray amidst a heated controversy amongst Catholics with differing views on embryonic stem cell research. That meeting was cancelled and rebooted to 2013, when …Read More

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One of the more controversial areas in the stem cell field has been over a Sasquatch like stem cell type that only a handful of researchers have been able to find and study: very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSELs). A Sasquatch is a generally thought to be mythological creature from the Pacific Northwest area of the US where I grew up, also sometimes called Big Foot. Some folks believe in the Sasquatch. Some people believe in VSELs too.  I’m more interested in what you think …Read More