Welcome to Episode 71 where we will discuss stem cells and breast cancer. 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:
- Antibiotics may help fight Alzheimer’s disease.
- Nail biting and thumb sucking in childhood might have positive effects.
- Scientists come up with the most detailed human brain map.
- Choroid plexus controls stem cells in the brain.
- Cartilage grown from stem cells could replace hip implants.
- Scientists develop new bio ink for 3D printing with stem cells.
The interview with Dr. Christine Pratt
For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, we bring on professor and researcher Dr. Christine Pratt from the University of Ottawa to discuss her research on breast cancer. After that we close the show with our signature rant, this week we rant about people’s relationship with the sun! Enjoy!
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.
Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned in This Session Include:
2016 Republican Platform Against Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Other Science Issues – In this article, Live Science examined the Republican Party’s platform against embryonic stem cell research, climate change, fetal tissue research, and other science issues.
US Behind in Road Safety – According to this article, United States tops 19 other high-income countries on overall death rate due to motor vehicle crashes.
Antibiotics May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease – This article reveals that a long course of antibiotics reduced the levels of a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of mice, possibly by changing the species of bacteria in the gut.
Biting Your Nails and Sucking Your Thumb Might Have Some Positive Effects – According to this article, kids who sucked their thumbs or chewed their nails had lower rates of allergic reactions in lab tests.
New Brain Map Most Detailed Yet – In this article, scientists have drawn a new map of the human brain with each side of the outer layer of the brain parceled into 180 distinct areas.
Cerebrospinal Fluid Signals Control the Behavior of Stem Cells in The Brain – According to this article, the choroid plexus, a largely ignored structure in the brain that produces the cerebrospinal fluid, is an important regulator of adult neural stem cells.
Cartilage Grown from Stem Cells Could Replace Hip Implants – In this article, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Cytex Therapeutics have found a way to program stem cells to grow new cartilage on a 3-D template of the ball of a hip joint.
Molecular Obstacles to Clinical Translation of iPSCs – This article discusses whether the therapeutic obstacles of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) clones are specific to transcription-factor-mediated reprogramming or inherent to every cellular reprogramming method.
Conversion of Human Gastric Epithelial Cells to Multipotent Endodermal Progenitors Using Defined Small Molecules – In this article, researchers describe the derivation of human induced endodermal progenitor cells (hiEndoPCs) from gastrointestinal epithelial cells using a cocktail of defined small molecules along with support from tissue-specific mesenchymal feeders.
A New Bio-Ink for 3D Printing with Stem Cells – This article reports that scientists at the University of Bristol have developed a new kind of bio-ink, which could eventually allow the production of complex tissues for surgical implants.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Christine Pratt