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Stem cell cha-ching! CIRM has economic impact in billions, 56K+ jobs

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We here in California have been fortunate to have our own stem cell and regenerative medicine agency called CIRM, standing for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. How much has CIRM helped the California economy and has it had broader economic impacts outside of California? How will that impact its future? CIRM has been around …

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Muddy waters: stem cell clinic calls itself CIRM & docuseries sparks controversy

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We’re seeing more muddy waters in the stem cell universe. A chiropractic stem cell and alternative medicine clinic has popped up calling itself, of all things, CIRM. On another front, an already controversial docuseries set to air tomorrow combines interviews with prominent academic stem cell scientists and unproven stem cell clinic folks, muddying the waters. …

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The future of California stem cell research & CIRM

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The four words “California stem cell research” go nicely together and I hope they will continue to resonate in a special way to people around the world in the coming decade. We are at a crossroads for stem cell research in California as the original form of the California Stem Cell Agency (CIRM) winds down. …

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News bites: CIRM, anti-MSCs, & human eggs from stem cells

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Stem cells are always in the news so what’s up in the last week or two? CIRM News The dialogue over CIRM’s future is picking up a bit of steam. The San Francisco Chronicle did an in-depth piece on CIRM some weeks back and then opined that they didn’t feel supportive of another round of …

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TGIF Weekend Science Reads: stem cells, PRP, CIRM, CRISPR, & more

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What do you read on the weekend? I wish for me it was at least in part some contemporary novel or science fiction, but that’s rare. More often than not it is almost all science. I do read the Sunday NY Times at least. I usually accumulate things during the week that I want to …

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Poll on refunding CIRM on eve of informational legislative hearing

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Our California stem cell agency, CIRM, started as a baby even before I came to California in 2006 to start my lab here at UC Davis School of Medicine, but now CIRM or to use its full name the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is I’d say a full-grown, mature adult at about age 13 …

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Bigger picture study casts big doubts on stem cells for knee arthritis today

Knee arthritis, stem cell therapy for knees

One of the most common claims made by unproven, for-profit stem cell clinics is that the stem cells they are selling can help knee arthritis and associated pain, but what is the evidence to back this up? There are many problems with the claims of stem cells for arthritis being made across the U.S. In …

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List of regenerative medicine & stem cell meetings for rest of 2018

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This post contains a list of the remaining regenerative medicine and stem cell meetings for 2018. If you are interested in history, here’s our first ever meetings list for way back in 2012. Here’s the 2018 list. 10th World Congress and Expo on Cell & Stem Cell Research, NY, NY USA, March 19-21, 2018. iPSCs: A …

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Update on CIRM’s future: will it include 2020 measure?

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The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, more widely known as CIRM, has accomplished big things over the course of its history of about a decade and sparked a great deal of innovation, but what does the future hold for our stem cell agency? CIRM has a new, respected President and CEO Maria Millan solving one …

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TGIF Science: funding, CRISPR v. NgAgo, secrets, Zika, & more

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Some stuff on my mind for our TGIF Science this week. Research Funding Ups: NIH. Is it my imagination or is NIH funding slightly improving? This is the overall vibe I’m hearing from the trenches. Research Funding Ups and Downs: CIRM.  CIRM funded some basic research to the tune of a total of $4 million, …

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