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What is a teratoma? Research & treatment

Sometimes on The Niche or while teaching students as a professor here at UC Davis School of Medicine, I’ve been asked: What is a teratoma? Not all tumors are created equal and some like teratomas are particularly unusual. Human stem cell derived teratoma. Knoepfler lab research image. Glands are evident …

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Networking Follow-up: I Met a Person. Now What?

Relationships need nurturing. Perhaps you’ve met someone interesting at an event. Or, perhaps you have a colleague who seems fun and helpful who you’d like to get to know better. Networking is not about how many contacts you have; it’s about building genuine relationships with people you care about knowing. …

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21 Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine 2021 Predictions

In any given field of biomedical science like stem cell research and regenerative medicine, it’s very useful if you can accurately predict the future. It seems, though, that predictions are far more difficult within the more exciting and rapidly-changing fields. The field of stem cells and regenerative medicine fits that …

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Weekly reads & paper of the week: gene-editing vs. aging

The paper of the week reports using base-editing, a kind of gene-editing, to reverse mutations associated with rapid aging syndromes, generally called progeria, but there are a lot of other interesting pubs to recommend for reading this week. I go over it all in this post. Base-editing improves aortic morphology …

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Cryo-ET imaging of SARS-CoV-2 replication organelles

Two interesting research papers that described the replication environment of SARS-CoV-2 will be discussed in this post. Both papers used cryo-ET and subtomogram averaging to image important molecules and structures that play a crucial role in the replication of the coronavirus genome.

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Head transplant surgery? Fact checking & perspectives

Is a head transplant actually going to be an option for extending life or changing what it means to be human? What about brain transplants? Background on the idea of head transplant surgery Given the extreme nature of the idea of taking one person’s head and putting it on another’s …

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Hot Plasmids and Viral Preps

Every few months we highlight a subset of the new plasmids and viral preps in the repository through our hot plasmids articles. These articles provide brief summaries of recent plasmid deposits and we hope they’ll make it easier for you to find and use the plasmids you need. If you’d ever …

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Recommended reads: MSCs, vision, endothelial cells, more

What a year 2020 was, but there was still plenty of great science, which continues now in 2021 including published research like today’s recommended pieces and there’s one thread on MSCs today. The Niche new look, more features, and a Medical Advisory Board for 2021 Before we get to the …

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