A complete (re)program to recognize the 10-year anniversary of iPSCs

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/25/16

Ten years ago today, Japanese scientists Shinya Yamanaka and Kazutoshi Takahashi published a paper announcing the creation of rodent induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, thus pioneering the field of iPS cell technology. They showed that they could convert adult cells into pluripotent stem cells – in other words, they reprogrammed them to look and function…Read more

The stem cell therapy’s obstacle course

Author: Jovana Drinjakovic, 08/25/16

Science fiction became real life in September 2014, when a team of eye surgeons in Japan transplanted a body part, grown entirely in a dish, into the eye of a patient suffering from an eye disease. The retinal graft came from the patient’s skin cells, raising hopes that one day our own bodies could be…Read more

iPS cell technology – kickstarting our ability to control cell identity

Author: Holly Wobma, 08/25/16

When you hear the word “stem cell,” I imagine this conjures up the image of cells that are special. Unlike most cells, stem cells can differentiate into other cell types. They hold the promise of curing many diseases, and thus they are continually the source of hype in mainstream and social media. Yet the above…Read more

Steady progress and more interesting science – 10 years of iPS cells

Author: David Kent, 08/25/16

One of the most memorable moments of my young scientist career was a Keystone Conference in February 2006 in Whistler, BC where I first heard Professor Shinya Yamanaka describe the successful reprogramming of a skin cell into an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC). I’ve written about this moment on Signals before and taken on the…Read more

Right Turn: Surprisingly delicious uses for 3D printers

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/19/16

If scientists are already doing the seemingly impossible and making ears out of apples, surely artificially manufacturing actual apples is a piece of cake. Enter the team at Food Ink. As per the website, these alphabetized “architects, artists, chefs, designers, engineers, futurists, industrialists, investors and technologists” have gone with the idea of artificial food, and taken it…Read more

Blog carnival update: Topic and bloggers revealed!

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/18/16

In case you missed it: Signals is hosting its first “blog carnival” on August 25, 2016. What is that you ask? Think of a blog carnival as a single venue hosting a variety of entertainment. In this case, the “entertainment” are posts from influential bloggers across the stem cell research community all blogging on the…Read more

Right Turn: Andrew Pelling Redux

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/12/16

August 10, 2016 | UOttawa professor and TED Fellow is the keynote speaker for the 2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP) Symposium. Here’s what our community members had to say on social media:

Made in Canada solutions for the scarcity of stem cell donors?

Author: Sara M. Nolte, 08/08/16

If you’ve been on social media lately, you’ve probably come across various campaigns looking for stem cell donors. You may even know someone who needs a stem cell transplant. It is increasingly apparent that there is a demand for stem cell donors for those in need. Who are these people who need stem cell transplants?…Read more

Right Turn: Andrew Pelling inspires us to play with our food

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/05/16

Andrew Pelling, University of Ottawa, is a biohacker. Biohacking refers to the application of IT hacks to biological systems – most prominently, the human body – but also the entire biosphere. Biohacking encompasses a wide spectrum of DIY IT projects and ideas (Techopedia). Watch Dr. Pelling’s TED Talk below and you may be tempted to…Read more

Tip of the iceberg? Scary stuff from international stem cell clinics

Author: David Kent, 08/02/16

Last week, a good friend of mine forwarded me a correspondence from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). I was expecting to read about a new drug being tested in clinical trials or maybe a neat scientific perspective on leukemia biology, but what I got instead shocked and saddened me. The title of the…Read more