September 21, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

zombies

4 min read

The birth-related stem cell clinic industry is a serious problem for patients, the stem cell field, and the FDA as the clinics sell more and more of what I think of as “zombie” injections. One of the biggest changes in the last 2 years in the unproven stem cell clinic arena was predicted by the data that Leigh Turner and I published in one of our collaborative papers in which we saw an upward slope in the number of businesses selling amniotic or other …Read More

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A company called Bioquark reportedly claims it intends to bring back the dead, as in deceased people or at least brain dead people, with stem cells. Or at least awaken their brains. If it works, would those people be like zombies? Is it ethical to experiment in this way on dead people? We first met Bioquark last year when their “reanima” idea got some media buzz and I blogged about my skepticism here. From my 2016 post: “The idea seems to be that injection …Read More

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There’s been a lot of buzz the last few days about reviving the dead  via stem cells. Is this possible? Who knows, but it would be very long odds. Could it lead to zombies? Not really, but there could be negative outcomes even if it seems to sorta work (more below). Bioquark, Inc. is a biotech company reportedly pursuing the idea of using a combo of lasers and stem cells to bring people back. By dead in this case, we mean people who are brain …Read More

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The AP reports that one Gary Dudek of Pennsylvania is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing more than $350,000 worth of human skin from a Massachusetts regenerative medicine company that was his former employer. Philly.com has identified the firm as Organogenesis and reported that Dudek was a sales rep there.  Dudek’s attorney, Eugene Tinari told a TV station that the criminal charges are “draconian”. Dudek reportedly had authority to order skin grafts for Mercy Philadelphia Hospital for Organogenesis.  There is no indication that Organogenesis has done anything wrong. Angelyn Lowe, director of …Read More