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Question of the week: is there stem cell doping in the Olympics?

Has there been stem cell doping in the Olympics? Readers of this blog have been asking me this question more than any other in the last week. Part of the impetus for this question is the growing number of professional athletes who more generally have received dubious stem cell treatments in foreign countries, perhaps treatments

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Refuting potential downsides to stem cell drug court ruling

There was a burst of feeling last night in the stem cell community as word began circulating that a federal court had ruled in favor of the FDA defining manipulated stem cell products as drugs. However, not everyone was pleased with the court ruling. The clinics most directly affected by the ruling were understandably upset,

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Rick Santorum opposes federal funding of all stem cell research including adult in new video

Rick Santorum. When you read that name, what do you think? Expert on science and research funding? For the most part people would say “heck, no!” However, in fact, Santorum had a strong track record as a senator in supporting NIH funding. That’s a fact. But now Santorum has gone off the deep end. The

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FDA finally bans poison and carcinogen BPA from baby products

We live in an ever increasing plasticized world. There are many good things about plastic, but then there are also some very bad things such as the giant whirpools of plastic fragments out in the oceans that are larger than Texas and also some of the chemicals in plastics are dangerous. One particular chemical villain

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Testimony in supermodel stem cell fraud case: “I lied to patients”

“I lied to patients,” testified a weeping, young woman in court related to a fraud allegation involving stem cells. She had worked as an office assistant at a company that injected bogus and potentially dangerous cow-based “stem cell” treatments into human patients. This company, which in different incarnations went by various names including Biomark in

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The dangerous myth of email privacy: a lesson from scientists who were spied on by the FDA

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A major scandal has erupted further regarding FDA monitoring of its scientists’ emails as reported by the NY Times. The FDA spied on the emails of its own scientists and other scientists. Some of the emails also involved correspondence with Congress and even the White House. Regardless of one’s position on what the FDA did,

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