October 28, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell politics

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Is Obama bailing out on support for embryonic stem cell research (ESCR)? As even casual readers of this blog easily surmise, I am a supporter of President Obama. I believe he has done a good job in his first term and deserves re-election. I also believe Romney would not be a good president, particularly as it relates to science and stem cell research. However, I have been critical of Obama for not more publicly supporting ESCR, especially as it pertains to the current federal …Read More

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What would be the most foolish, surprising, fun stem cell headlines on April Fools Day? 1) Family Research Council surprises world by announcing at April 1 press conference that they endorse embryonic stem cell research and arguing that it has great promise. They advocate pursuing both adult and embryonic stem cell research to help the greatest number of real people. 2) Yet another new stem cell research journal starts: Hyped Stem Cell Research. 3) Drs. Sherley and Deisher drop their lawsuit against federal funding of …Read More

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Anyone getting tired of those anti-stem cell activists folks slamming Pepsi for supposedly using stem cells in their flavor research, when in reality the cells in question are not stem cells? Maybe the Pepsi-haters are too as they are now reportedly on the case of Kraft and Nestle too as well as Campbell’s, which makes Alphabet Soup amongst many other products. Where will it end? Perhaps the haters will start boycotting stores that sell Pepsi and products of Kraft and others? This story and …Read More

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There is a bill being considered here in the U.S. called the “Research Works Act”. This is without a doubt one of the dumbest bills I have ever heard of in my life.  The bill is bad for science and bad for America. If passed it would be an epic fail for America. Why? This bill would serve as an unnecessary wall between scientists and between scientists and the rest of America. The sole purpose of this bill is to protect the profits of traditional for-profit …Read More