Friday, October 23, 2015

The Niche Rises -- Sort of Phoenix-like -- in California

California and the world has a “new” stem cell blog – at least new in name.

Welcome to The Niche (with an upper case T).

Paul Knoepfler, UC Davis photo
It is a rebranding of ipscell.com, the five-year-old effort by UC Davis stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler.

He announced the change yesterday. Knoepfler wrote,
 “The Niche name better represents the sense that this site is a home and community including contributions by other writers and also commenters. I’m still working on a logo for The Niche.
“As The Niche continues to evolve look for it to include a wider range of contributors. As you may have noticed we have an increasing number of posts on genetics and genetic modification as well in addition to stem cells and regenerative medicine.”
The Niche, as some may recall, was the name of an excellent blog mounted by the journal Nature a few years back. It was shuttered by Nature for what must be presumed to be financial reasons.

Monya Baker and Natalie DeWitt were the overseers of that effort. Baker remains with Nature. DeWitt moved on to the California stem cell agency where she was a top aide to its then president Alan Trounson. She left the agency in June 2014 for Stanford and has been with NDA Partners LLC of San Francisco for the past five months.
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