What path would you follow: Shumway or Barnard?

Monya Baker has an excellent Q&A with the authors of the recent Nature Insight: Regenerative Medicine over at The Niche blog. Ken Chien, the author of Regenerative medicine and human models of human disease – see earlier post – recalls the paradigmatic story of heart transplantation and the 2 main surgeons behind, Norman Shumway and… Continue reading What path would you follow: Shumway or Barnard?

9 year old stem cell trial pioneer dies in Batten disease

This is exactly the type of clinical trial news that should be taken extremely carefully with all due respect and grief. A girl enrolled in a stem-cell trial for a fatal disease has died. In January, the nine-year-old received a brain transplant of neural stem cells derived from fetal tissue. She was one of six… Continue reading 9 year old stem cell trial pioneer dies in Batten disease

Make a pro buzz for your favourite stem cell papers at Nature Reports Stem Cells!

There are way too much papers and data published in the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine to follow and filter with traditional offline, spread of mouth tools. At the Journal Club section of Nature Reports Stem Cells, researchers have the opportunity to highlight and discuss the papers they found of utmost importance… Continue reading Make a pro buzz for your favourite stem cell papers at Nature Reports Stem Cells!

Abnormal whole body regeneration from the vasculature at the sea squirt

The sea squirt can regenerate its whole body from the vasculature. I asked Ayelet Voskoboynik, postdoctoral fellow from the Weissman lab, Stanford University, to tell us how. Their findings were published in a recent paper, entitled Striving for normality: whole body regeneration through a series of abnormal generations (FASEB Journal, 2007 May;21(7):1335-44.) Read the whole… Continue reading Abnormal whole body regeneration from the vasculature at the sea squirt

Biotech Geek Blogger goes Nature Stem Cell Blogger at the Niche

In my opinion the Google of science publishing is the umbrella brand Nature Publishing Group. The best indicator of it is the growing number of freshly released beta products making NPG web initiatives a heaven for scientific early adopters. As Timo Hannay, web editor of Nature said in an interview in Spiegel: The core business… Continue reading Biotech Geek Blogger goes Nature Stem Cell Blogger at the Niche

The Niche: The Stem Cell Blog hosted by Nature Stem Cell Reports

How many fine niche stem cell blogs do you know? 4-3-2-1? How many with an attractive, easy to remember name? 0? Good, short, actual and proper blog names are rare. Let me introduce you The Niche which intends to become THE Stem Cell Blog in the niche of the niches. It is the newest Nature… Continue reading The Niche: The Stem Cell Blog hosted by Nature Stem Cell Reports