Archive for November, 2013

Right Turn: “Perceptions of Promise”

Author: Stacey Johnson, 11/29/13

. Science as art is not a new concept. Google the term and you’ll see 2,330,000 hits. Princeton University has been holding an art-science competition since 2005 and the organizers have received hundreds of images from within the university community. The 2013 winners are posted here. In the world of stem cells, there are many…Read more

Craving stem cells? An Insider’s Guide satisfies, leaves you wanting more

Author: Alessandra Pasut, 11/28/13

> There’s no better pleasure in life than to satisfy our own cravings. Whether it’s a food craving or something else, there’s no peace for the soul, at least mine, till that need is quenched. And for those of us who find themselves longing for (more) stem cells, Paul Knoepfler’s recently-released book, Stem Cells: An…Read more

Regenerative Medicine Deal Review: November

Author: Mark Curtis, 11/27/13

. Welcome to the regenerative medicine deal review for the month of November. Cytori Therapeutics and Lorem Vascular have teamed up to catalyze the commercialization of Cytori cell therapies using its proprietary Celution® System in Asia. There was also a notable deal made between the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and Cellular Dynamics International…Read more

A PSA for prostate cancer stem cells

Author: Sara M. Nolte, 11/26/13

> In honour of Movember – men’s health awareness month – I’m going to talk about prostate cancer. Not in the usual way – PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screens and clinical exams – but rather, from the perspective of cancer stem cells (CSCs), and their role in prostate cancer. This focus is for several reasons: 1)…Read more

Update from the Clinic: October

Author: Mark Curtis, 11/19/13

. Welcome to October’s Update from the Clinic. Interesting developments this past month included the release of Phase 1/2a data from Living Cell Technologies that provides a first look at the safety and efficacy of its DIABECELL® product. We also saw an approval for Cytori Therapeutic’s Celution® System in Singapore and the first patient treated…Read more

Right Turn: Lights, camera, action!

Author: Stacey Johnson, 11/15/13

. Sometimes too much choice can be a bad thing. It paralyzes you. I was flummoxed by the many options available to me in selecting what to feature on Right Turn this week. Then it struck me: I have the perfect item right under my nose (so to speak). CCRM just launched a Regenerative Medicine…Read more

Scientist-bloggers, this award’s for you

Author: Lisa Willemse, 11/14/13

> We’re walking a little taller today. And carrying some silver, thanks to a Canadian Online Publishing Award handed out to Signals Blog last night in Toronto. Okay, it’s not real silver, but we’re very proud of our win under best blog in the business to business category! The judging was based on the submission…Read more

Right Turn: The written word on stem cells

Author: Lisa Willemse, 11/08/13

> We’ve posted several times before about the alignment between science and art, but usually it’s been visual art, not the written word. Of course, there’s lots of fantastic writing about stem cells and regenerative medicine that qualifies as science writing, but have you ever considered it as a subject for creative non-fiction or poetry?…Read more

Right Turn: The sound of stem cells

Author: Stacey Johnson, 11/01/13

. If you visit the website of Dr. Michael West, CEO of BioTime, you can hear the “sound” of stem cells. Honestly. A computer algorithm has been used to convert microscopic images of human embryonic stem cells into an auditory file that is meant to represent what stem cells sound like. There are lots of…Read more