Welcome everyone to Episode 69, “Politics, Parkinson’s and More” Featuring Dr. Raj Kittappa! 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:
- Wine being made 6,300 years ago?
- Driverless car programming.
- Why Mito DNA is passed by moms and not dads.
- In Vivo tracking of blood stem cells.
- Pituitary cells from stem cells.
- Retinoid acid to induce mouse spermatocytes.
The interview with Dr. Raj Kittappa on Politics and Parkinson’s Disease
For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, we bring on stem cell researcher and politician Dr. Raj Kittappa to discuss his political expertise as well as his latest research endeavors with stem cells and Parkinson’s disease. After this we close the show with a rant about “UPS TRACKING NUMBERS.”
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Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned in This Session Include:
Wine Being Made 6300 Years Ago – In this article, researchers have uncorked the oldest solid evidence of grape-based wine making in Europe, and possibly the world, at a site in northern Greece using a new method of analyzing the chemicals in liquids absorbed by clay containers.
Scientists Have Gained Insight to Why Mitochondrial DNA Is Passed Down to Children By Their Mothers — But Not Their Fathers – According to this article, DNA inside energy-producing organelles called mitochondria is destroyed in a dad’s sperm shortly after it fertilizes an egg.
A New Cause of Lyme Disease – This article reveals that a new species of bacteria is causing Lyme disease, adding to worries that the infection will continue its relentless escalation across the United States.
Functional Coupling with Cardiac Muscle Promotes Maturation of hPSC-Derived Sympathetic Neurons – In this article, researchers derive sympathetic neurons from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) and show that they can form physical and functional connections with cardiac muscle cells.
In Vivo Tracking of Human Hematopoiesis Reveals Patterns of Clonal Dynamics during Early and Steady-State Reconstitution Phases – In this article, scientists discovered that in-vitro-manipulated HSPCs retain the ability to return to latency after transplant and can be physiologically reactivated, sustaining a stable hematopoietic output.
Derivation of Diverse Hormone-Releasing Pituitary Cells from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells – This article presents a simple and efficient strategy to derive human pituitary lineages from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) using monolayer culture conditions suitable for cell manufacturing.
Retinoic Acid Is Sufficient for the In Vitro Induction of Mouse Spermatocytes – In this article, researchers report that retinoic acid (RA) is sufficient for inducing leptotene/zygotene spermatocytes from cultured mouse spermatogonial stem cells.
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