Stem cell tourism: from bad to worse from 2010-2011

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At last year’s ISSCR 2010 Meeting in San Francisco, President Irv Weissman talked about the dangers of unvalidated stem cell treatments. He talked about the responsibility of stem cell scientists to stand against these and the importance for scientists not to endorse or serve on advisory committees of companies peddling such products and “therapies”. As …

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Portraying sci-fi about stem cells and aging as reality: unhelpful hype

I believe that stem cells may at some point allow people to live slightly longer, maybe a couple years on average. However, I think they have the potential to dramatically increase the quality of life during the time we are alive.  My colleague Amy Adams over at the CIRM research blog had a great post …

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Stem Cell Fireworks: what would our founding fathers think?

Happy 4th of July everyone! In American history, another year has passed since our independence and it’s been one, in the stem cell field, of plenty of fireworks and more is sure to come. We have had the beginnings of three FDA-approved human ES cell-based clinical trials and also trials of other sorts meaning the …

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Take home message from our FDA poll: please move faster!

Recently I posted a poll to my readers asking them how they felt about the FDA and stem cells. The results (See above) are in and our readers largely agree with each other. Their take home message to the FDA? Move faster, please! A surprising 83% of respondents want the FDA to move faster, and …

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