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The Science Round Up
This week’s round-up is sponsored by Neural Cell News, which is sent to more than 5000 neuroscience researchers every week. Sign up at neuralcellnews.com to keep current with everything that is happening in the neural field. We begin with the world-famous Science Round Up and discuss the latest science/stem cell news including:
- Rumors about Trump’s science adviser pick.
- Heart hugging robots.
- Marijuana deserves more scientific scrutiny.
- NY Times Interview with Shinya Yamanaka.
- Making humans from stem cells?
- Cancer related, stem cell breakthrough.
- Stem cells induce teeth to self-repair.
The interview with Dr. Deepak Lamba
For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, we bring on Dr. Deepak Lamba Assistant Professor at the Buck Institute. Dr. Lamba’s research is focused on identifying new methods to treat degenerative vision disorders, including macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, using stem cell technology. His work is considered pioneering amongst those focused on developing efficient methods of making retinal cells in a laboratory dish. His lab is currently concentrating on long-term efficacy and safety studies which are essential before this form of therapy becomes available to patients. On this episode, we talk with Deepak about his work and latest paper in Cell Stem Cell. After this we close the show with a signature SCP rant.
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Resources, Links and Research Papers Mentioned in This Session Include:
Rumours Swirl About Trump’s Science Adviser Pick – This article reports that climate sceptic William Happer and ardent critic of academia David Gelernter have met with the president.
For Three Years in a Row, Earth Breaks Heat Record – According to this article, for the third year running, Earth’s thermostat broke a new record: 2016 was the warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880.
Heart-Hugging Robot Does the Twist (And Squeeze) – In this article, a silicone sleeve slipped over pigs’ hearts helped pump blood when the hearts failed.
Promise and Perils of Marijuana Deserve More Scientific Scrutiny – According to this article, the report, released January 12 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C., calls for expanding research on potential medical applications of cannabis and its products, including marijuana and chemical components called cannabinoids.
Here’s How Earwax Might Clean Ears – This article reveals that the self-cleaning marvel known as earwax may turn the dust particles it traps into agents of their own disposal.
Scientists Say It’s Time We Discussed Creating Humans from Stem Cells – In this article, a Kyoto University scientist, Shinya Yamanaka, and his graduate student, Kazutoshi Takahashi, re-energized the stem cell field by devising a technique to “reprogram” any adult cell, such as a skin cell, and coax it back to its earliest “pluripotent” stage where it can become any type of cell, from a heart muscle cell to a neuron.
Irish Researchers Make Stem-Cell Cancer Breakthrough – This article reports that Irish-led researchers have found a way to make it potentially easier to kill off tumor cells and make radiotherapy more effective for people with oesophageal cancer.
Stem Cells Induce Teeth to Self-Repair – According to this article, a new dental treatment could eliminate the need for man-made cavity fillings by promoting the renewal of stem cells within tooth pulp, triggering damaged teeth to repair themselves.
‘Totipotent’ Stem Cells Capable of Forming Viable Embryo Created from Pluripotent Cells – In this article, stem cells with characteristics of totipotency — capable of creating all the tissue types needed to build and sustain an embryo — have been created in mice by a California-led research team.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Deepak Lambda