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The Science Round Up
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This week, in the world-famous Science Round Up, we discuss the latest science/stem cell news including:
- Some bacteria shield tumor cells against chemo drugs.
- Change your diet, change your microbiota.
- Mars simulation concludes.
- North American Ash on brink of extinction.
- First genetically engineered blood stem cell clinical trial launched.
- Antibodies to replace genes for IPS reprogramming
- Stem cell communication.
The interview with Dr. Jack Parent
In the interview portion of this episode, STEMCELL Technologies announces a new product called CloneR™ which makes genome editing easier. Here are the highlights:
- Use CloneR from STEMCELL Technologies to increase the cloning efficiency of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs).
- Genome editing of hPSCs relies heavily on the survival of single cells to establish clonal cell lines.
- CloneR is a medium supplement that works with mTeSR1or TeSR-E8.
- Unlike current methods, CloneR enables the robust generation of clonal cell lines without single-cell adaptation, thus minimizing the risk of acquiring genetic abnormalities.
- Learn more at stemcell.com/cloner.
For the interview portion of the show of the show, The Stem Cell Podcast and STEMCELL Technologies welcome Dr. Jack Parent. Dr. Parent is a professor of neurology, director of the Neurodevelopment and Regeneration Laboratory, and co-director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in the University of Michigan Medical School.
His current research interests include neural stem cell transplantation to treat brain injury and neurodegeneration, and the modification of adult neural stem cells to promote brain repair after stroke or prevent epilepsy. Dr. Parent recently reported a novel way to create loss of function stem cell lines using gene editing and we speak with him more about this technique during our interview.
After the interview, we close the show with a signature SCP rant.[Read more…]