Welcome everyone to Episode 81 of The Stem Cell Podcast. As always go to stemcellpodcast.com for all of our episodes and to sign up for the newsletter.
The Science Round Up
We begin with the world famous Science Round Up and discuss the latest science/stem cell news including:
- Microcephaly cases surge in Columbia due to Zika.
- Extra chromosome slows cancer cell growth.
- Gut microbes may regulate Parkinson’s deficits.
- Telomere trimming in stem cells.
- Generation of long-term self-renewing human epicardial cells from stem cells.
- A new rapid screen for endodermal differentiation potential of stem cells.
- A new model to assess Zika virus infection in a developing brain.
The interview with Drs. Kevin Eggan and Michael Wells…
For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, we bring on Drs. Kevin Eggan and Michael Wells. Eggan is a Professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University. He has made fundamental contributions to the fields of stem cell biology and cellular reprogramming, which in turn led his group to pioneer an entirely new strategy for studying human disease. His lab’s experiments exploring stem cells as a renewable source of motor neurons for studying mechanisms leading to neural degeneration were the first “stem cell models” of disease. On this show, he joins us along with a post-doctoral fellow from his lab, Michael Wells, to discuss their latest publication on investigating mechanisms of infection in Zika virus. After this we close the show with a signature SCP rant. Enjoy! [Read more…]