Update from the Clinic: August

Author: Mark Curtis, 09/18/14

. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of August. Asterias Biotherapeutics breathes new life into a cell therapy shelved two years ago and initiates a Phase I/II study in patients with spinal cord injury. Northwest Biotherapeutics provides an update on the use of its dendritic cell-based immunotherapy in patients with brain…Read more

Life, death and regulation

Author: David Brindley, 09/16/14

. With contributions from James Smith, a recent Oxford University graduate and current SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholar working at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.   Consider this question: if I gave you the option to take a drug offering a 100 percent chance of survival to average life expectancy at which time you would…Read more

Right Turn: Super Cells takes flight

Author: Lisa Willemse, 09/12/14

> Those of you who’ve been following this blog regularly will know that we were in the process of building a science exhibit — we’ve published a few teasers, here and here. This week, Super Cells: The power of stem cells was unveiled in the small, historic city of Sherbrooke, Québec (well worth a visit,…Read more

Regenerative Medicine Deal Review: August

Author: Mark Curtis, 09/11/14

. Welcome to your deal review for the month of August. As would be expected at the end of the summer news flow was modest, but Northwest Biotherapeutics kept things alive with a $17.5 million financing via convertible debt, while Gamida Cell announced a game-changing deal with a large Pharma partner that is placing its…Read more

CRISPR and Rejuvenation Biotechnology: have you been hiding under a rock?

Author: David Brindley, 09/09/14

. With contributions from James Smith, a recent Oxford University graduate and current SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholar working at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.   ‘Bay Area biotechnology’ is a description that conjures images of the proud Hoover Tower at Stanford, and the iconic Genentech sign marking “Birthplace of Biotechnology,” set against the backdrop…Read more

Right Turn: Like a kid’s science show, but for grownups

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/05/14

. Jordan Green, a biomedical engineer from Johns Hopkins, has a way with words. And toys. He’s like a Mister Rogers (American) or Mr. Dressup (Canadian) for adults. He has a complicated idea to convey, so borrowing from the best children’s entertainers around, he uses colourful props that perfectly suit his friendly demeanor. Dr. Green’s…Read more

Holding institutions responsible for research misconduct: The recent case of a death of stem cell scientist

Author: Guest, 09/02/14

Written by Dr. Zubin Master, Assistant Professor at the Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College and Research Associate at the University of Alberta’s Health Law Institute. This article is being published simultaneously on the Alden March Bioethics Institute blog, the Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell blog and Signals Blog.  Scientist Yoshiki Sasai, age 52, committed suicide and was found dead…Read more

Right Turn: Lego Academics bring you into their world

Author: Peter Raaymakers, 08/29/14

> Earlier this summer, building toy makers Lego released the Research Institute: A new set that featured female minifigures in science professions, including a paleontologist, astronomer and chemist. The set may have been a response to a young girl’s plea for Lego to “make more Lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun,” and the Research…Read more

Is the academy worse than the fashion industry for “following the leader”?

Author: David Kent, 08/27/14

This post originally appeared on The Black Hole blog and is reprinted with permission from the author and University Affairs. I hate to admit this, but I find an incredible number of scientific papers really boring. It seems that more and more, research papers are using the same sets of sexy and expensive tools without actually…Read more

Right Turn: What do stem cells, ice and ALS have in common?

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/22/14

. You have to be living under a rock – or perhaps spending every minute of your time culturing your cells – to be unaware of the ALS #Icebucketchallenge. Since it began on July 29 on social media, the American ALS Association has raised millions (nearly $42 million at the time of writing) in donations…Read more