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!
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…]