President Romney and stem cells: the road to disaster

Tonight the Republican candidates for President of the United States will face off in their first fully-attended debate. The frontrunner by far to win the Republican nomination and face President Obama in the Fall of 2012 is Mitt Romney. Although that is not saying a whole lot given the weakness of the Republican group of

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Justin Beiber or Einstein or you? Who gets cloned first?

Human cloning is coming. Maybe not to a Walmart near you, but it is coming. And by human cloning, I mean reproductive cloning, not therapeutic cloning which is a totally different cup of tea. The cloning I’m talking about is where you duplicate a human being. Despite efforts to prevent human cloning, such as a

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iPS cell predictions for the next year: yours and mine (take the poll)

I think the iPS cell field is at a crossroads. The next year will be critical for determining the direction for the field. iPS cells have been around almost half as long as human ES cells, so maybe it is no longer appropriate to call the iPS cell field “new”, even though to me it

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No longer lost in translation: stem cells in 9 languages and counting

Just an update on our educational outreach program, SCOPE, where we are providing key information about stem cells in as many languages as possible. If you look at the various pages at the top of this website, you will see “What are stem cells?” in many different languages. In fact, we are now up to

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Right wing chicken myths about stem cells: why it will come back to bite them

Why do right-wing folks including otherwise “moderate” Republicans seemingly hate stem cells so much? Why do they spread so many myths? These anti-stem folks are, despite some Democrats arguments to the contrary, human beings after all. What this means is that they and their loved ones get sick, injured, and die prematurely just like the

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Launching SCOPE: educating the world about stem cells in their own language

Today, I am launching a new effort called Stem Cell Outreach Program for Education  (SCOPE). I think stem cell technology will transform medicine across the globe, but it will take a concerted effort to make certain that stem cell-based therapies do not become a type of medicine only available to the relatively wealthy or predominantly available

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Stem cell sports medicine: trying to win the World Series during Spring training

There has been a lot of publicity about the reported stem cell treatment of NY Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon.  According to several sources, Colon received his treatment in his native Dominican Republic. Major League Baseball reportedly seems most concerned about this case, at least publicly, because human growth hormone (hGH) might have been used in

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