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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:
- Imodium AD overdoses?
- Sense of touch and Autism.
- New names for elements on periodic table.
- Genomic analysis of diverse pluripotent stem cells.
- Cure for multiple sclerosis.
- New technique for assessing cell fate in vivo.
The interview with Dr. Danwei Huangfu
For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, we bring on stem cell researcher Dr. Danwei Huangfu to discuss her work and latest paper in Cell Stem Cell. After this we close the show rant about “Pedestrians.”
Below are all of the papers mentioned on the show. We are working on a way to categorize all of the research papers we mention and possibly even provide audio summaries. Enter in your name and e-mail address below, and we will notify you of when this feature is available.
FDA Warning About Imodium Ad Overdoses – This article reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that higher-than-recommended doses of the antidiarrheal medicine loperamide, sold under the brand name Imodium, can lead to serious heart problems and even death.
Who Advises Women to Delay Pregnancy Over Zika Virus Threat – In this article, World Health Organisation issues advice to millions of people in regions affected by virus that can cause severe birth defects and microcephaly.
Sense of Touch and Autism – This article reveals that in mice, mutations in autism-related genes in skin nerve cells linked to anxiety, poor social skills.
Four New Elements Now Have Names – According to this article, four elements that were officially added to the periodic table in December have been named as nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og).
Integrated Genomic Analysis of Diverse Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell from The Progenitor Cell Biology Consortium – In this article, the Progenitor Cell Biology Consortium performed comprehensive experimental and genomic analyses of 58 induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) from ten laboratories generated using a variety of reprogramming genes, vectors, and cells.
A Cure for Multiple Sclerosis? – According to this article, chemotherapy, combined with stem cell transplants, could halt the onslaught of multiple sclerosis in people suffering from the disease.
New Techniques to Assess the Fate of Stem Cells In Vivo – In this article, researchers from the ULB Cancer Research Center, U-CRC, led by Cédric Blanpain, MD/PhD, WELBIO investigator and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, developed new methods to assess with great precision the multipotent or unipotent fate of mammary gland and prostate stem cells.
Generation of Mice with Longer and Better Preserved Telomeres In The Absence Of Genetic Manipulations – This article reveals how researchers use mouse embryonic stem cells (ES) with ‘hyper-long’ telomeres, which also express green fluorescent protein (GFP), to generate chimaeric mice containing cells with both hyper-long and normal telomeres.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Danwei Huangfu