Archive for October, 2011
Canada was built upon the inventiveness and resourcefulness of people who lived here. Why then, have Canadians long heard and read about being second best, sellouts, and in general not that great? Thinking we aren’t competitive has almost become a national mantra. But it’s more than a state of mind: the innovation gap has a…Read more
I am a third year PhD student who likes to call herself a stem cell biologist and I have a confession to make: I sometimes forget that there are many other stem cell types in addition to the stem cells that I study (embryo-derived stem cells).
Every year at the World Stem Cell Summit, the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) hands out a number of Stem Cell Action Awards to recognize organizations and individuals who have positively impacted the stem cell community. This year in Pasadena, California, GPI awarded the Canadian science education organization Let’s Talk Science with the 2011 Stem Cell…Read more
We’re changing! We’ve added some new factors (contributions from the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine) and now we’re differentiating into something new! The new blog will keep your favourite bloggers, but will add more comprehensive coverage of issues pertaining to stem cells and regenerative medicine. To celebrate this growth, the blog needs a new…Read more
Well before the creation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), a handful of researchers were using another reprogramming technique, somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), with the hopes of deriving patient-specific pluripotent stem cell lines. The availability of such cell lines would open up immense potential for developing personalized cell-based therapies as well as allowing…Read more