Welcome everyone to Episode 105 of The Stem Cell Podcast. As always go to stemcellpodcast.com for all of our episodes and to sign up or re-subscribe (if you are a current subscriber) for the newsletter.
The Science Round Up
For this week’s round-up, as Scientists Helping Scientists, STEMCELL Technologies offers several resources to help scientists stay current and connected with their fields, including this podcast and the Connexon science newsletters. This week, STEMCELL would like to introduce a new initiative created for anyone interested in life science research in the Greater Boston Area – the Science in the City Boston social media channels. Follow @ScienceInBoston on Twitter or Facebook to find out about cutting edge research, learn about award winning scientists, and connect with life science events taking place in and around Boston.
This week, in the world-famous Science Round Up, we discuss the latest science/stem cell news including:
- Graduate student taxes set to go up.
- More people now have high blood pressure.
- 15,000 scientists sign a “Warning to Humanity.”
- Scientists can make things invisible.
- Genetic manipulation to enhance neurogenesis.
- Direct differentiation into blood brain barrier cells.
- Space station to host stem cells for cardiac research.
- Using VEGF to increase survival of stem cells.
The interview with Dr. Kiki Sanford
In the interview portion of this episode, STEMCELL Technologies would like to introduce their one-stop resource for researchers who are using – or looking to use – organoids in their experiments. STEMCELL’s Organoid Information Hub provides scientists with instructional videos, educational webinars, expert interviews, technical tips and curated publications to help researchers set up and optimize organoids as a research model in their labs. Learn about organoid culture from the experts at STEMCELL. Visit www.stemcell.com/discover-organoids.
For the interview portion of the show of the show, The Stem Cell Podcast and STEMCELL Technologies introduce the first interview in a new series called, “Alternative Science Careers.” For the first part of this series, we are pleased to interview the host of our very own Stem Cell Podcast, Dr. Kiki Sanford.
After the interview, we close the show with a signature SCP rant.
Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned in This Session Include:
In New Budget, Graduate Student Taxes Could Go Up – This article reports that many graduate students would face a tax hike under a clause in the federal-tax-reform bill passed by the US House of Representatives.
More People Now Have High Blood Pressure After New Guidelines – According to this article, nearly half of U.S. adults now have high blood pressure, thanks to a new definition of what constitutes high: 130/80 is the new 140/90.
15000 Scientists Signed A “Warning to Humanity” – In this article, thousands of scientists from all around the world have come together to issue another “warning to humanity” about the unprecedented threats that we as a species, and more importantly our planet as a whole, are currently facing.
Scientists Can Make Things Invisible?! – According to this article, top scientists from Ben-Gurion University have come up with a cloaking device that scatters light away from an object so it cannot be detected.
Genetic Manipulation to Enhance Neurogenesis – In this article, a team of researchers at the Cluster of Excellence CECAD has now found an efficient way by silencing one single protein with the gene-editing method CRISPR, the cells spontaneously differentiate into neurons.
Direct Differentiation into Blood Brain Barrier Cells – This article reports that researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison detail a defined, step-by-step process to make a more exact mimic of the human blood-brain barrier in the laboratory dish.
Space Station to Host Stem Cells for Cardiac Research – According to this article, researchers at Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have been using space-simulation machines to enhance the ability of pluripotent stem cells to turn into cardiac muscle cells but now they – or the cells they’ve carefully cultured, will get the chance to try the real thing on the International Space Station.
Using VEGF To Increase Survival of Stem Cells – This article shows an experimental approach to improve therapeutic efficacy of proangiogenic cells for the treatment of ischemic diseases.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Kiki Sanford