Welcome everyone to Episode 78 of The Stem Cell Podcast where we discuss the stem cell hamburger. Please visit 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:
- Time for an update to science text books?
- Identifying HIV patient 0.
- Ancient monkey “hook-ups.”
- Stem cell hamburgers?
- Reactive oxygen species and blood stem cells.
- New iPSC discovery.
The interview with Dr. Mark Post
For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, we bring on Mark Post, professor of vascular physiology at the Maastricht University. Dr. Post is an innovator being the creator of the world’s first lab grown hamburger. Mark’s work has been highlighted in main stream media and he has given a TEDx talk about his technology and the meat industry. Recently Mark was back in the news with an announcement that the cost of these stem cell burgers has significantly come down. 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:
Science Textbooks May Need an Update – According to this article, textbook drawings might need to be updated based on new images of the endoplasmic reticulum, a multifaceted organelle within the cell, which shows that it’s a tangled web of interconnected tubes, instead of containing flat sheets as previously believed.
Finding HIV Patient Zero in America – This article reveals that DNA analysis shows HIV came to New York City between 1969 and 1973, long before the man known as Patient Zero became infected.
Training for Parents May Lessen Some Autism Symptoms in Kids – This article presents the idea called PACT for preschool autism communication trial, which shows that children with autism can be reached by training their parents to be better conversationalists.
Ancient Monkey Hookups – In this article, new DNA evidence is pointing to ancient affairs between bonobos and chimpanzees.
The Stem Cell Burger Is Back, And This Time It Might Even Be Affordable – This article reports that stem cell burger if mass-produced today would cost $10 according to Mark Post, its creator, in an Arkansas Online interview.
Research On Rare Genetic Disease Reveals New iPSC Discovery – According to this article, Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, who first created induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and his colleagues at the Gladstone Institutes found a way to increase the efficiency of stem cell reprogramming through research on a rare genetic disease.
Withholding Amino Acid Depletes Blood Stem Cells – In this article, a new study shows that a diet deficient in valine effectively depleted the blood stem cells in mice and made it possible to perform a blood stem cell transplantation on them.
Reactive Oxygen Species And Blood Stem Cells – This article reports that a research group at Lund University in Sweden, has now identified that certain cells during embryonic development are negatively affected by oxidation capable of leading to a block in cellular function.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Mark Post