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Recommended stem cell reads: retractions, aging, COVID, CRISPR soldiers

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This week we have some interesting new reading including both on the stem cell basic and translational fronts as well as on COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 vaccine considerations From Derek Lowe at In The Pipeline on COVID-19 vaccine expectations at Science Translational Medicine, Get Ready for False Side Effects. You can read my views on possible …

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Law firm blasts stem cell clinics in new ‘3 shocking facts’ video

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I’m becoming increasing convinced that patient suits against stem cell clinics are going to have strong impact, including based on the new steps taken by a particular law firm. For background, I’ve written extensively about these suits over the years and we’ve seen more recently that another academic group (Claire Horner, Evelyn Tenenbaum, Douglas Sipp, Zubin …

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Civil Lawsuits as a Public Health Strategy: Can Cases Brought by Injured Plaintiffs have a Broader Effect?

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By Claire Horner In 2016, a law firm in California began looking for individuals who were “misled or harmed by stem cell treatment” in the southern California area (which was discussed on this blog here). While there had been other lawsuits filed by plaintiffs against individual clinics, this firm was looking to take a different …

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Stem Cell Tourism and Patient Education

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What is the role of public education and stem cell tourism? What type of education is available to patients, caregivers and the public? Can public education actually change people’s minds such that they won’t undergo an unproven stem cell-based intervention (SCBI)? These are the questions I will discuss here. But first, let’s just give a …

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Holding Institutions Responsible for Research Misconduct: the recent case of a death of stem cell scientist

By Zubin Master Scientist Yoshiki Sasai, age 52, committed suicide and was found dead on August 5, 2014. Sasai was deputy director of the Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) at RIKEN in Kobe, Japan, and coauthor on two recently retracted Nature papers about a reportedly easier way to make induced pluripotent stem cells. The papers …

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