Welcome everyone to Episode 74 of The Stem Cell Podcast. 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:
- A ban on antibacterial soap.
- Zika virus spreading through Florida.
- A new way to make bone from stem cells.
- Stem cells and brain cancer.
- Stem cells to model dementia.
The interview with Dr. Shuibing Chen
For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, we bring on stem cell biologist Dr. Shuibing Chen from Weill Cornell Medical College to discuss her work on stem cells and diabetes. After this we close the show with a rant about “The Pharma Industry.” Enjoy!
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Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned in This Session Include:
A Ban on Antibacterial Soap – According to this article, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned soap products containing 19 active ingredients, including the notorious chemical triclosan, marketed as antiseptics.
A New Book All About Cursing? – In this article, a cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen’s new book – What the F – examines the nature of profanity and the implications of obscene words for understanding human brains and minds.
Mosquito Moms Can Pass Zika to Offspring – This article reveals that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes don’t need to bite someone to pick up Zika virus; youngsters can inherit the virus from their moms according to lab tests.
Zika Mosquitos Now in Miami Beach – This article reports that Florida officials confirmed that the Zika virus was detected in three mosquito samples from a small area in Miami Beach.
New Info About Bacteria Causing Stillbirth Revealed – According to this article, Strep B (Group B Streptococcus) secretes protein-filled balloons that can travel up into the uterus causing premature labor and stillbirth.
Will Embryonic Stem Cells Ever Cure Anything? – In this article, Douglas Melton tries to find ways to replace beta cells of the pancreas using new tissue manufactured from embryonic stem cells.
MMP-9 and MMP-2 Contribute to Neuronal Cell Death in iPSC Models of Frontotemporal Dementia with MAPT Mutations – This article reports that MMP-2 and MMP-9 production is elevated in human neurons with microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT) mutations contributing to stress-induced neuronal cell death.
Researchers Use a Single Molecule to Command Stem Cells to Build New Bone – According to this article, researchers from the University of California San Diego induce human pluripotent stem cells to differentiate into functional bone-building cells by feeding them adenosine, a naturally occurring molecule in the body.
Scientists Engineer Stem Cells to Find Potential Therapy for Medulloblastoma – In this article, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have created a system to study an aggressive subtype of medulloblastoma, which is a rare pediatric brain tumor that generally has a very poor prognosis.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Shuibing Chen