Welcome everyone to Episode 77 of The Stem Cell Podcast. With the election right around the corner we wanted to take a departure from the “norm” and discuss how the election might impact science and science policy. 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 and discuss the latest science/stem cell news including:
- A tomato gene that makes it cold tolerant.
- Climate change and the candidates.
- Ad carrying drones.
- Mouse eggs from stem cells.
- Stem cells from broken hearts.
- CRISPR corrects sickle cell causing gene.
The interview with Michael Halpern
For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, we bring on Michael Halpern, deputy director for the Center of Science and Democracy to discuss the election and science. After this we close the show with a signature SCP rant. Enjoy!
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Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned in This Session Include:
Storing Tomatoes in Refrigerator Affect Their Genes – In this article, science explains why you shouldn’t put tomatoes in the fridge, it’s because some of their genes chill out and are altered by cold temperatures, ultimately affecting the flavor.
A Clear Difference On Climate Change – This article describes the stark contrast between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the climate change issue and their plans about it.
Drones That Carry Ads – This article reports that starting this year, commuters in Mexico City have been interrupted as they drive by flying robots (black-and-white quadcopters) carrying signs bearing simple slogans as part of ridesharing app Uber’s campaign for UberPool.
Common Household Chemicals Hurt Our Health … And Cost Us Billions – According to this article, routine contact with plastic bottles, toys, food cans, cosmetics and flame retardants containing “endocrine-disrupting chemicals” results in ingestion, leading to a toxic buildup and potentially a variety of medical conditions.
Scientists Grow Mouse Eggs from Stem Cells in Lab – In this article, Japanese scientists said they had grown mouse eggs entirely in the lab, then fertilised them to yield fertile offspring, a scientific first cautiously hailed by experts in human reproduction.
Stem Cells May Repair Broken Hearts – In this article, researchers transplanted heart muscle cells that were made from the stem cells of a macaque into the damaged hearts of five other macaques integrating with the monkeys’ own heart muscle cells thus allowing their damaged hearts to function better.
CRISPR Corrects Sickle Cell-Causing Gene in Human Cells – According to this article, scientists have used the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique to rewrite the genetic mutation in blood cells that causes sickle cell disease where once implanted in mice, the edited stem cells produced normal hemoglobin.
Glycolytic Metabolism Plays a Functional Role in Regulating Human Pluripotent Stem Cell State – In this article, researchers show that naive human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) exhibit increased glycolytic flux, MYC transcriptional activity, and nuclear N-MYC localization relative to primed hESCs.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Michael Halpern