Antibodies 101: Introduction to Antibodies

You may have heard the term antibody tossed around in the news or in the lab. But what exactly is an antibody, and how is a component of the immune system useful as a research reagent? Let’s find out! What is an antibody? Antibodies, also known as immunoglobulins, are ~150 …

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2020 The Screamers Science Hype Award goes to Stephen Hahn

Today’s post announces the winner of the 2020 The Screamers Science Hype Award. Since this is the inaugural year for The Screamers, I’m just going to give out one main award: Overall Worst Science Hype. Science Hype Award to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn Remarkably, the winner of the overall The …

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Fact-checking, pros and cons of cord blood banking

When my wife and I were expecting our first daughter way back in the nineties, we received a paper pamphlet about cord blood banking. Back then, I was a graduate student at UC San Diego School of Medicine working toward my Ph.D. in Molecular Pathology and my wife was in …

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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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