Trumping hope

When does politics trump hope? It seems all the time. I think politicians frequently take positions on science-related issues that they either don’t really believe or understand. Perhaps I’m wrong, but for example, I don’t believe that most national level Republican leaders oppose ES cell research. Most of us have either ourselves faced injuries or …

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Who’s who in iPS cells: scientists, journals, funding agencies, countries, and biotechs

Who’s who in the iPS cell field?  In this post, I examine the people, journals, places, funding agencies, and companies that are the leaders in the iPS cell field. I start with publishing. Last year we did a post on publishing trends in the iPS cell field.  It suggested that the iPS cell field was exploding …

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Will America be 2nd rate for research?

Stem cell research is a truly global endeavor. How will America’s role evolve in this field and other areas of biomedical research? Because of politic, legal, and budgetary reasons, there are growing concerns that the U.S. may find itself 2nd rate for stem cell research and perhaps also for other fields of science as well. …

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Riding the science budget rollercoaster: time to hurl or cheer?

The uncertainty regarding the Federal FY2011 budget has taken a big toll on many throughout the country, including the biomedical science community.  Given the fiscal uncertainty, NIH has been forced to wait to make decisions on a host of research proposals. Congress has really given NIH no other option but to wait. In turn, scores …

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