January 24, 2021

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Dear FDA, The stem cell clinic clock is ticking on you. Before the Trump administration rolls in to possibly tie your hands on many important areas of oversight including stem cell clinics, you should take bold action now. Your CBER branch has been preternaturally quiet on taking actual regulatory actions on stem cell clinics for several years now even though there about 600 such clinics in the U.S. operating without any FDA approvals putting thousands of patients and the stem cell field at risk. …Read More

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Since Donald Trump was elected our new president the scientific community has tried to adjust to this new reality or at least absorb the shock that many felt. Responses from scientists range from “not my president” to “maybe it won’t be so bad”. Mostly it seems people are stressed about an uncertain future for science and our country overall. If you just look at a science-related Twitter feed you can feel the palpable tension in the air. How should we scientists deal with this …Read More

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Will Trump trump the FDA? Our President-elect recently released his health care policy agenda and it looks like the FDA is a target in terms of reducing oversight. Over at the Washington Post, Carolyn Johnson has a nice article on this development. One point in the agenda in particular has caught people’s attention as potentially the key indicator of what is to come for regulatory oversight of biomedical products: “Reform the Food and Drug Administration, to put greater focus on the need of patients for new …Read More

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I’m organizing my own thinking on how Trump’s election will impact science and stem cell/regenerative medicine research in particular and will post on that soon, but for now here are some of the early responses I’ve seen where scientists comment on this big, unexpected event and key questions. These are in addition to the almost infinite number of expressions of angst on Twitter. At Nature, “What scientists should focus on — and fear — under Trump” Jeremy Berg, Editor of Science, on Reunifying America …Read More

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Donald Trump wants to build a ‘great wall’ to keep Mexicans out of America and charge for it. I’ve heard many scientists criticize this plan. But if you think about it, in science we already have our own “great” harmful walls related to money and Trump would probably love them. One such wall is the paywall that forces Americans and those around the world to pay to get access to read the scientific literature even though almost 100% of such research is funded by taxpayers. …Read More

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How would Donald Trump, if elected president, impact American science? Would Trump on Science be a good thing, bad thing or somewhere in between? Would he “reject” the NIH budget? Might he even personally reject some grants, “Your R01 is fired” just for fun? And, yes, I know I’m biased. Take our poll. Can we learn anything from what Trump has said about science in the past? Reason gave a score of Trump on Science and not surprisingly they weren’t impressed. They based it …Read More

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Politicians including Trump may start talking about CRISPR more and more in the near future. What if politicians weighed in on CRISPR with Tweets or statements in debates? What if this happened during the particularly charged time of a political campaign such as now? Below is a Saturday science satire in that spirit of imagined Tweets or debate snippets. Trump: Ted Cruz is wrong on CRISPR and a loser. See how much crisper I am than Bush, who is low energy? And my hair is …Read More

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Flying out of Portland Airport yesterday, I saw these magazines side by side: Trump and genetic modification of humans. Hmmm. That’s a humorous juxtaposition and the two covers are oddly similar in design. It go me thinking… Could using germline human genetic modification be a wise thing to do in some cases? After all, humanity in many ways has serious flaws. Could we try to make Homo sapiens a better species via, for instance, CRISPR’ing embryos for “better” traits and removing possibly negative traits? …Read More

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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 diseases that the current practice of medicine can only help to a certain degree, or have had loved ones in that position. The same is true of politicians and …Read More