Welcome to Episode 67 on Blood Stem Cell Therapy with guest Dr. Kristin Hope. 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:
- doctors say Olympics should be postponed
- a new antibiotic resistant bacteria emerges
- the giant sperm of a fruit fly
- the stem cell market is huge
- discovery on plant stem cells
- a new finding in nuclear transfer
The interview with Dr. Kristin Hope
For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, we bring on stem cell researcher Dr. Kristin Hope to discuss her work and latest paper in Nature. After this we close the show with a rant about “Stupid” Questions.
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Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned in This Session Include:
Doctors Say Olympics Should Be Postponed or Moved – In this article, doctors and professors are urging the World Health Organization to move or postpone the summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro due to the widening Zika outbreak in Brazil.
Bacteria Resistant to Last-Resort Antibiotic Appears In U.S. – This article reports that 49-year-old woman in United States has tested positive for a strain of Escherichia coli known as mrc-1 which is resistant to the antibiotic colistin and that the bacteria’s gene rides on a transferable loop of DNA called a a plasmid.
Fruit Fly’s Giant Sperm Is Quite an Exaggeration – This article reveals that certain fruit fly species, such as Drosophila bifurca, males measuring just a few millimeters produce sperm with a tail as long as 5.8-centimeters.
FDA Approves Device to Wean Addicts Off Heroin – According to this article, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug-emitting implant to combat addiction to heroin and other opioids killing thousands of people annually.
Stem Cell Industry Blowing Up… The Global Market for Stem Cells – This article reports that the global stem cell market reached over $5.9 billion in 2015 and will grow from about $6.7 billion in 2016 to nearly $12.3 billion in 2021, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.1% from 2016 through 2021.
Israeli Firms Develop High-Speed 3-D Printer For Stem Cells – This article reveals that Israeli 3-D printer firm Nano Dimension has successfully lab-tested a 3-D bioprinter for stem cells, paving the way for the potential printing of large tissues and organs.
Biologists Find How Plants Reconstitute Stem Cells – In this article, a team of biologists at NYU showed that regenerating plants can naturally reconstitute their stem cells from more mature cells by replaying embryogenesis.
Genetic Drift Can Compromise Mitochondrial Replacement by Nuclear Transfer In Human Oocytes – In this article, researchers show that using human mitochondrial replacement stem cell lines, even though the low levels of heteroplasmy introduced into human oocytes by mitochondrial carryover during nuclear transfer often vanish, they can sometimes instead result in mtDNA genotypic drift and reversion to the original genotype.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Kristin Hope