Surprising top 20 stem cell videos on YouTube

What are the top stem cell videos on YouTube?

They are not at all what I thought they would be, at least the top 20 as ranked by view count.stem cell videos

Check the top 20 out here.

The topics include a stem cell skin gun (see video above), Michael J. Fox, Parkinson’s Disease and stem cells, Suzanne Somers and stem cell breast augmentation, stem cells for baldness, stem cell cosmetic procedures, Peyton and Eli Manning with stem cells, and more.

At least some of the videos were purely educational so that’s something.

I expected more promotional stem cell videos from clinics to be in the top, but there are a few and I bet in a couple of years that more of such will break into the top-tier unfortunately.

What do you think is the best stem cell video and why?

Congrats to #stemcell image contest winner: Tina Zimmerman

I’ve been running a stem cell image contest here on the blog with the prize being $100. In the past I’ve done similar contests, but the response to this one was really impressive with 24 entries.

I also ran a stem cell video contest last year. The winning video, which is stem cell claymation and that you can find at that link, is downright hilarious.

My thanks to everyone who entered and shared their cool images of stem cells this year. As one entrant put it, stem cells are so pretty! I definitely agree. I made a montage (pasted at the bottom of the post) of all the entries.

So how to pick just one winner? It wasn’t easy.

Tina Zimmerman embryoid body

The winner is graduate student Tina Zimmerman, who submitted the above image of a differentiated embryoid body made from mouse embryonic stem cells. Tina is a student at University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany. She stained the cells for nestin (blue) and doublecortin (DCX; red), and the cells have a CAG-GFP reporter. We can see neural stem cells, neural precursors, and maybe some residual embryonic stem cells too or at least some GFP expression.

Here is the montage of all the entries.

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Recommended weekend science links

snuppyWoo-Suk Hwang & his dog clones…all started with Snuppy (pictured): Disgraced Scientist Clones Dogs, And Critics Question His Intent

Human gene editing summit under the microscope of Hurlbut, et al. CRISPR Democracy: Gene Editing and the Need for Inclusive Deliberation

New CRISPR partner protein Slices through Genomes, Patent Problems

For anyone who grows human pluripotent stem cells: What if stem cells turn into embryos in a dish?

Good stem cell news: no cancer evident in first IPSC transplant patient.

Based on his lengthy public comment on the article on PubMed, stem cell scientist Jacob Hanna isn’t too happy about the recent Nature review (related to STAP cell refutation) on hallmarks of pluripotency.

Speaking of STAP refutation, Takaho Endo correctly pointed out that his paper last year used similar methods to the new Nature BCA papers that provided more STAP refutation and yet one of those new papers didn’t even cite his. He tweeted about how when he contacted the authors to inquire about this that they said they had originally cited his paper, but ended up leaving it off due to restrictions on the # of citations allowed. That seems very regrettable.

Could stem cells treat or even cure some forms of blindness?

List of Speakers for NAS Meeting on Human Gene Editing

Who will be speaking at the upcoming National Academy of Sciences (NAS) meeting on human gene editing? So far we haven’t known, but now we do (if you are eager to find out, skip to bottom of the post).

The organizers of the meeting can be found here. Keep in mind that it is probable that some of these organizers, even if not listed below at the bottom of this post, will be present as well.

The meeting starts two months from today on December 1.

NAS gene editing

The summit has major importance as a global forum for discussing the many complex issues surrounding human genetic modification. As a result, the identities of the invited speakers who are attending will give a valuable sense of the spectrum of backgrounds and views that will be represented at the meeting.

A source has provided me with an organizational email to the confirmed speakers and moderators for the NAS meeting, from which I created the preliminary list below of likely participants. The caveats are (1) that this list may change and (2) I might have inferred some attendees’ names incorrectly based on a misinterpretation of email addresses. In other words, don’t hold me precisely to this list, but it should be pretty accurate.

What does this list tell us about the meeting? I’m still cogitating on it myself. What do you think?

I would note that of the 39 participants on this preliminary list, only 11 are women while 28 are men. In addition, amongst American participants there definitely seems to be an overrepresentation of people from East Coast “elite” institutions. Does that matter? More broadly does this list reflect a healthy amount of diversity?

It’s unclear at this time how many members of the public will be able to attend based on space, how those members of the public will be chosen, and how much they will be able to actively participate. The in-person presence and participation of members of the public are crucial for democratic deliberation on this pivotal issue.

I’m excited to be attending the meeting as a blogger. My goal is to provide as much information right here on this blog in as timely a manner as possible, hopefully as the meeting actually unfolds, to facilitate transparency and public understanding.

Here are the anticipated participants with title and affiliation listed in alphabetical order based on the information that I was provided:

  • Alta Charo (Professor, Univ. of Wisconsin Law)
  • Annelien Bredenoord (Professor Public Health, Univ. Med Center Utrecht)
  • Azim Surani (Professor, Gurdon Institute)
  • Barbara Evans (Professor, University of Houston Law)
  • Bill Skarnes (Senior Group Leader, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)
  • Chad Cowan (Professor, Harvard)
  • Daniel Kevles (American historian of science, Yale)
  • Emmanuelle Charpentier (Professor, Max Planck Society)
  • Eric Lander (Professor, MIT)
  • Feng Zhang (Professor, MIT)
  • Fyodor Urnov (Team Leader, Sangamo)
  • Gary Marchant (Professor of Law, Arizona State)
  • George Church (Professor, Harvard)
  • George Daley (Professor, Harvard)
  • Indira Nath (Professor Indian National Science Academy)
  • Ismail Serageldin (Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina)
  • Keith Joung (Professor, Harvard, Genome Editing)
  • Janet Rossant (Professor, The Hospital for Sick Children)
  • Jennifer Doudna (Professor, UC Berkeley)
  • Jennifer Merchant (Professor, Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II)
  • John Harris (Professor of Bioethics, University of Manchester)
  • Jonathan Kimmelman (Professor Bioethics, McGill)
  • Jonathan Weissman (Professor, UCSF)
  • Klaus Rajewsky (Professor, Max Delbrock Center)
  • Kyle Orwig (Associate Professor, Magee Research Institute)
  • Marco Weinberg (Assistant Professor, Scripps)
  • Marcy Darnovsky (Executive Director, Center for Genetics and Society)
  • Matthew Porteus (Associate Professor, Stanford)
  • Peter Braude (Professor, King’s College London)
  • Philip Campbell (Editor-in-Chief, Nature)
  • Richard Gold (Professor, McGill)
  • Robin Lovell-Badge (Professor, Francis Crick Institute)
  • Ruha Benjamin (Professor, Princeton)
  • Sharon Terry (Health Advocate, Genetic Alliance CEO)
  • Thomas Reiss (Head of Competence Center Emerging Tech bei Fraunhofer ISI)
  • Weizhi Ji  (Director, Kunming Institute of Zoology)
  • 周琪 Zhou Qi (Professor, Chinese Academy of Science)
  • 李劲松 Li Jinsong (Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • 石井 哲也 Tetsuya ISHII (Professor Bioethics, Hokkaido University)

Stem Cell Person of the Year Award 2015: Nominations Open

stem cell logoIt’s time for the 4th annual Stem Cell Person of the Year Award process to start.

Please send me your nominations for the person you think had the biggest positive impact in the stem cell and regenerative medicine world in 2015.

This award is unique in a number of ways. For example, anyone in the world is eligible to be nominated: both scientists and non-scientists alike. The nominee should also be someone who thought outside the box and took risks, which are novel areas of emphasis for this stem cell and regenerative medicine award.

Another special element is that the finalists are chosen from the nominees via an Internet vote by you, the readers of this blog. From the finalists I will choose the winner, who will receive recognition for their global leadership and innovation as well as a $2,000 cash prize that I pay myself.

Submit your nominations by Oct. 13 via email to me: [email protected]

On Oct. 14, Stem Cell Awareness Day, I will announce the nominees. The Internet vote will begin soon after that.

Past winners of the Stem Cell Person of the Year Award include some amazing difference makers.

Dr. Masayo Takahashi won in 2014 and this year also received the inaugural Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize.

Dr. Elena Cattaneo received the award in 2013 and went on to get the ISSCR Public Service Award in 2014 along with colleagues.

In 2012 the winner was top stem cell patient advocate Roman Reed, who went on in 2013 to receive the GPI Stem Cell Inspiration Award.

Who deserves this year’s Stem Cell Person of the Year Award as the most impactful, innovative person in the world of stem cells? Let me know via your nominations.