Monthly Archives: October 2014

About This Blog

So… this info is eventually going to go on a page of its own, but for now, I’m just going to say a few things here.

What’s this blog about?

  • Stem cell news
    Stem cell links
    Basic stem cell information
    Stem cell personal stories
    Stem cell rants.
  • Yep, there will be some rants here. If anybody DOESN’T want to read rants… well, Paul Knoefpler’s Blog is pretty non-ranty, and is written by a researcher in the hard sciences.
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    The Harvard Type I Diabetes stem cell thing isn’t going so well…

    Here we go again! Yet ANOTHER piece of stem cell research that was insanely overhyped until somebody discovered a fatal flaw. The short version: there’s been incredible excitement this past year because a new hormone was supposedly created through stem cell work, and it would create an incredibly efficient treatment for Type I diabetes. Here’s a good quote from the Harvard press release:

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    Yamanaka on the new iPSC trials for wet AMD in Japan. Part 1.

    Head on over to Paul Knoepfler’s blog and check out hisYamanaka Interview on Clinical Use of Pluripotent Stem Cells.

    I don’t know. I’ll be posting more about this tomorrow, but… suffice it to say right now that I wish I could get more excited about this new study with iPSC’s. I think they’re rushing wayyyyyy too fast to use these techniques on a human subject, especially when you look at all the pre-clinical problems and questions. And there were A LOT.

     

    And I think we could have all lived without this quote:

     

    At the same time, the ethical issues that hESC possess mean that as iPSC technology improves, hESC will be less needed. Still, iPSC is a new technology, and its safety and efficacy still needs to be confirmed.

     

    Um, hello, EARTH TO DR. YAMANAKA. There ARE no “ethical issues.” Seriously, you don’t know about Robert Lanza’s blastomere technique, which doesn’t destroy the embryo?. And yep, no kidding that iPSC’s safety needs to be confirmed, much less their efficacy. Maybe we shouldn’t be blithely testing these cells on human beings right now.

     

    That’s enough of a rant for today, but there will be more tomorrow!

    Stem Cells: The Most Important Medical Issue of Our Time.

    Stem cells. The hope, the hype; the successes, the failures; the frauds, the triumphs, and the miracles in the making. It’s all going to be here! Oh, okay; ALL of the information in the world about stem cells is probably NOT going to be found here. 😉 But if I can find it out… will be. There will be much more content here, including the story of just why and how I  became so passionate about the entire issue of stem cells and regenerative medicine.  I can honestly say that some of what you’ll read here is unique and cannot be found anywhere else the world. So just keep watching this space– some incredible things are coming up!