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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:
- 124 million boys and girls now in highest weight range.
- Pesticides in much of world’s honey.
- Gun waiting periods could save lives.
- Dogs learn while sleeping.
- Stem cells to help understand miscarriage.
- Tooth-cracker created to extract tooth stem cells.
- Human stem cells used to build new rat intestine
- A cause for permanent hair loss.
The interview with Catherine Coombs
In the interview portion of this episode, STEMCELL Technologies would like to present Dr. Suzan Imren in a webinar entitled: “Targeting Self-Renewal Function in Normal Hematopoietic and Leukemic Stem Cells.”
Dr. Imren is a senior staff scientist from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and she will discuss the factors affecting the balance between self-renewal of hematopoietic stem cells and leukemic transformation.
Stem Cell Podcast listeners can view the recorded webinar at www.stemcell.com/targetingselfrenewal
For the interview portion of the show of the show, The Stem Cell Podcast and STEMCELL Technologies welcome Catherine Coombs, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. Catherine talks to us about her work and her recent paper in Cell Stem Cell on the subject of clonal hematopoiesis.
After the interview, we close the show with a signature SCP rant.
Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned in This Session Include:
An Estimated 124 Million Boys and Girls Are Now in The Highest Weight Range – According to this article, the rising trends in children’s and adolescents’ BMI have plateaued in many high-income countries, albeit at high levels, but have accelerated in parts of Asia, with trends no longer correlated with those of adults.
Global Survey Finds Pesticides in Much of World’s Honey – This article reports that neonicotinoid pesticides are turning up in honey on every continent with honeybees.
Gun Waiting Periods Could Save Lives – In this article, a new study funded by Harvard Business School suggests that one policy—a mandatory waiting period between the sale of a gun and its delivery—could save hundreds of U.S. lives each year if implemented nationally.
Dogs Learn While Sleeping – This article reveals that dogs learn when sleeping—just like people, a study done by researchers in Hungary with the use of electroencephalograms (EEGs).
Versatile Stem Cell May Help Us Understand Miscarriage – According to this article, the most versatile stem cells ever created called expanded-potential stem cells” (EPSCs) could enable researchers to better understand the biological mechanisms behind many failed early pregnancies.
Tooth Cracker 5000 Created to Extract Stem Cells from Tooth – In this article, a team of researchers from the University of Nevada Las Vegas have developed a device they hilarious call the “Tooth Cracker 5000” to extract 80 percent of the stem cells a pulp contains from a wisdom tooth.
Scientists Used Human Stem Cells to Build a New Rat Intestine – According to this article, scientists have built a new rat intestine by combining part of the animal’s own bowel with human stem cells hoping that one day, this method could be used in humans with intestinal problems who currently have to rely on organ transplants.
A Cause for Permanent Hair Loss – This article reports that a team of scientists from Mumbai has uncovered a cause for permanent hair loss – that over-expression of a protein called phospholipase A2-IIA which could cause hair loss in mice.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Catherine Coombs