Posts Tagged ‘video’

Right Turn: A PhD in stand-up comedy

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/06/17

“Biology is the only science in which multiplication is the same thing as division.” “Q: What did the conservative biologist say? A: The only cleavage I want to see is at the cellular level.” “Q: What did one cell say to his sister cell when she stepped on his toe? A. Mitosis”* Hunh? I’ve literally…Read more

Crazy for CRISPR!

Author: Sara M. Nolte, 12/05/16

On November 15th, my social media pages exploded with posts and comments regarding the latest news about how the gene-editing ‘CRISPR-Cas9’ technology had been used in the first human patient. The article, published by Nature, was entitled “CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time.” It described how a group of Chinese scientists…Read more

Right Turn: Dance your Ph.D. – give it a whirl!

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/23/16

The “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest is a brilliant example of out of the box thinking, but it’s not the first case of science being interpreted through dance. Science journalist John Bohannon, the man behind “Dance Your Ph.D” – “an inebriated stunt at a Vienna science party” – says he did some research and found the first…Read more

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

Right Turn: An art science exhibit on Drs. Till & McCulloch

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/22/16

You would be hard-pressed to find a Canadian stem cell scientist who doesn’t know that Drs. Jim Till and Ernest McCulloch advanced medical research across the globe with their discovery, in 1961, of blood stem cells at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, today the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Recently, a group of artists, doctors, scientists and…Read more

Right Turn: Animals, ethics and Orwell

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/08/16

Much has been said on the topic of using animals for medical/scientific research. There are excellent and compelling arguments for and against the issue and my plan is to avoid taking a stand here. (You may be tempted to call me chicken, but that would be a really bad pun!) As polarizing as this topic…Read more

Right Turn: Resources for scientists

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/13/16

I’ve read enough PhD Comics to understand that being a scientist is hard. (I work with them too, but I’m saving those stories for my tell-all autobiography.) Recently I stumbled upon* what I believe could be a useful resource for scientists to make their lives a little easier, and it made me wonder what other…Read more

Right Turn: Henrietta Lacks immortalized on film

Author: Stacey Johnson, 05/06/16

Arguably one of the most popular science books ever written is heading to the big screen. Tech Insider calls The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks “the most important science book of our time.” And with Oprah Winfrey cast as Henrietta’s daughter, you will be hard pressed to avoid hearing about this upcoming movie. (Here’s a…Read more

Right Turn: The wild, wacky world of animals and regenerative medicine

Author: Stacey Johnson, 04/15/16

The picture to the right is of my cat Chloe, all dressed up for her debut on Signals. Amazingly, Franklin West (University of Georgia) thinks domesticated cats (Chloe!) are the ideal vessel for saving big cats of the endangered species kind. The idea is to collect skin cells from, say, tigers and turn those cells…Read more

Right Turn: Hurray for tissue engineering!

Author: Stacey Johnson, 03/11/16

Tissue engineering is a key part of regenerative medicine (RM), but it sometimes feels like the poor cousin of stem cells. The Jan to big sister Marcia. That won’t be the case at the upcoming 10th World Biomaterials Congress (WBC2016), happening May 17-22 in Montreal, Quebec. It’s been 20 years since this event was held…Read more