We are back for episode 18. On this show we review the literature and talk about a range if topics including stem cells injected into hearts, mice afraid of male researchers, diabetic SCNT, and the staircase of shame. We then bring Dr. Kevin Eggan from Harvard University on the show to talk about his latest work using stem cells to cure ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. Enjoy.
In this episode we start with our science round up discussing everything from the ground state in stem cells to male birth control. We then dive into other stem cell topics including reprogramming via protein transduction and CRISPR-mediated gene repair.
In the final part of the show we interview Justine Miller, a PhD candidate from Lorenz Studer’s lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering to discuss their recent paper in Cell Stem Cell showing how to age stem cell-derived neurons in the culture dish. We then finish off the show with some True/False questions. Enjoy![Read more…]
We then bring in Dr. Asif Maroof, a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Kevin Eggan at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to talk about his latest paper in Nature Neuroscience describing a gene implicated in ALS a.k.a Lou Gehrig’s disease. We finish off with our signature rant, this time about co-workers using up precious supplies. Enjoy![Read more…]
In this episode we do things a little different. Since we both work on Parkinson’s disease we will not be featuring a guest. Instead, we will talk about the etiology of the disease and cover various forms of therapy – with an emphasis on stem cells. Our science roundup includes: CO2 levels, “Project Einstein”, paper retraction rates, SARS, and plexins. Enjoy![Read more…]
In this episode we start off with a quick general science news roundup before discussing two new papers in stem cell research. Both papers appeared in the journal Nature.
The first describes a novel method of reprogramming somatic cells into iPSCs in vivo, and other describes a method to make a mini cerebral cortex from human embryonic stem cells. The senior author on the latter study, Dr. Juergen Knoblich, joins us to discuss this paper and its implications. And finally, we end with a good old, Seinfeld style, stem cell rant. Enjoy![Read more…]