September 29, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: February 2011

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The Oklahoma State Legislature is reportedly poised to potentially pass an outright ban of ES cell research. While in the past similar legislation was vetoed by previous Oklahoma Governor, Democrat Brad Henry, current Republican Governor Mary Fallin is likely to sign the legislation. The Oklahoman newspaper website today contains a factually incorrect, inflammatory piece by Dr. Dominic Pedulla, equating ES cells to abortion. Dr. Pedulla refers to “embryonic patients” in talking about the few day old clusters of cells that make up the human …Read More

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When I was an eight-year-old kid, my older brother Dave was taking karate. I thought it was very cool. One day he came home from karate class and I asked him what they did that day. He said they were “learning to fall”. At the time I thought that was the dumbest thing I had ever heard in my life. Learning to fall? Isn’t the idea in karate to make the other guy fall and for you not to fall? He explained that in …Read More

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The U.S. House of Representatives may vote as early as tomorrow on a Continuing Resolution (CR) that includes a swath of cuts across the federal budget including a 5+% cut for NIH. Such a cut would have devastating consequences for not only research generally and the U.S. economy, but also specifically for stem cell research. If you care about research, we need you to contact your representative to voice your opposition to the budget cut for NIH and your support of an amendment that …Read More

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Overall, not focusing just on ES cell research, who is the largest funding agency in the world for stem cell research? If you think about CIRM, funding stem cell grants just in California, versus NIH funding stem cell research across the country, who might you imagine would have provided more funding? I would have thought NIH. However, a simple number crunching exercise reveals a surprising, if preliminary conclusion: CIRM funded more stem cell research than NIH during the last 5 years. During the period …Read More