Welcome aboard everyone to Episode 66, we are back with another informative episode. 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, sponsored by Biotechne and discuss the latest science/stem cell news including:
- scientists talk about creating synthetic human genome
- second skin reduces wrinkles
- herpes virus put in water to control fish
- stem cells are dangerously overhyped
- stem cells to boost corn production
- more info on how Zika virus affects brain stem cells
The interview with Dr. Su-Chun Zhang
For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, we bring on stem cell researcher and neuroscientist, Dr. Su-Chun Zhang to discuss his work and latest paper in Cell Stem Cell. After this we rant about Airline Fees.
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Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned In This Session Include:
Scientists Talk Privately About Creating a Synthetic Human Genome – According to this article, scientists are now contemplating the fabrication of a human genome, meaning they would use chemicals to manufacture all the DNA contained in human chromosomes.
Second Skin’ May Reduce Wrinkles, Eyebags, Scientists Say – In this article, researchers said a “second skin” composed of commonly used chemicals like siloxanes can be painted on your skin and give it the elasticity of youth.
Faulty Gene Can Turn Colds Deadly for Babies, Toddlers – This article reveals that some children have rare genetic variants that can turn their first encounter with colds and other respiratory viruses deadly.
Australia Will Release Herpes Into Its Rivers to Wipe out Invasive Carp – This article reports that the Australian government plans to use a herpes virus to eradicate the country’s most devastating invasive species—common carp.
The US Is About to Hit A Big Solar Energy Milestone – According to this article, the United States is on track to hit a big number in renewable energy: More than 1 million American homes should have solar panels by February 2016.
Stem Cells Are Dangerously Overhyped, Warn Researchers – According to this article, a study recently published says it’s time for everyone—from the media, to press officers, to journal publishers and even the scientists themselves—to chill out about stem cells.
New Stem Cell Discovery Could Boost Corn Crop Yields by an Astounding 50 Percent – This article reports that a newly discovered stem cell signaling pathway could boost yields from corn and other staple crops by up to 50 percent in the very near term.
Zika Virus Disrupts Neural Progenitor Development and Leads to Microcephaly in Mice – In this article, researchers found that Asian ZIKV strain SZ01 could infect neural precursor cells (NPCs) in vivo and affect brain development; it replicates efficiently in embryonic mouse brain by directly targeting different neuronal linages.
Zika Virus Depletes Neural Progenitors in Human Cerebral Organoids through Activation of the Innate Immune Receptor TLR3 – This article describes how ZIKV infection leads to microcephaly, using human embryonic stem cell-derived cerebral organoids to recapitulate early stage, first trimester fetal brain development.
Why Lab-Made Stem Cells Might Fail: Errors In DNA Folding – In this article, researchers have now discovered one of the reasons why Induced pluripotent stem don’t always correctly differentiate back into adult cells: the reversion process does not always fully capture the way a cell’s genome is folded up inside its nucleus.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Su-Chun Zhang