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STAP stem cells were a new method of generating pluripotent stem cells published in a paper a few weeks ago.   When it came out, scientists scratched their heads and wondered whether or not this new method could actually work and be reproducible.  Well, while the jury is still out, it is not looking good and we bring on the show one of the most recognized voices of stem cell research, Dr. Paul Knoepfler to discuss the STAP stem cell theory.  In addition to running a laboratory, Dr. Knoepfler maintains an amazingly active stem cell blog breaking all the latest stem cell news, and educating the public about stem cells.

Resources and Links

Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog

Stem Cells: An Insiders Guide by Paul Knoepfler

Expandable Megakaryocyte Cell Lines Enable Clinically Applicable Generation of Platelets from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

The Endocannabinoid System Controls Food Intake via Olfactory Processes

Astrocyte-Derived Endothelin-1 Inhibits Remyelination through Notch Activation

Rejuvenation of the Muscle Stem Cell Population Restores Strength to Injured Aged Muscles

Nanog-Independent Reprogramming to iPSCs with Canonical Factors

Nanog Is Dispensable for the Generation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

In Vivo Direct Reprogramming of Reactive Glial Cells into Functional Neurons after Brain Injury and in an Alzheimer’s Disease Model

NPTX1 Regulates Neural Lineage Specification from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Paul Knoepfler