Aug 2016

Coming soon: the stem cell blog carnival

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Summer isn’t really summer without a local fair or carnival to enjoy — a place you can have a variety of experiences, from riding bumper cars and tasting weird food treats to seeing expertly executed home crafts.

Next week we will be adopting the carnival concept to discussing stem cells.  Organized by Stacey Johnson at the Canadian Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM), the Thursday, Aug. 25 blog carnival will feature blogs from across the stem cell research community — including this one — posting different perspectives on a single subject. Here’s what everyone will be blogging about:

It’s been 10 years since scientists Shinya Yamanaka and Kazutoshi Takahashi announced their discovery on Aug. 25, 2006 that adult cells could be reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to look and function like embryonic stem cells. In the decade since their discovery, converting this science into useful treatments for diseases like heart failure or diabetes has yet to be fully realized. When do you think this technology will result in commercial products or new revolutionary medical treatments, and why?

It all happens in one week’s time. You can find out more about the blog carnival at CCRM’s highly informative Signals blog.  Signals will be the site where, on Aug. 25, you can link to other writers’ unique insights on the subject.  Watch for it!

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