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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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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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Stem cells gone wild? What really happens after a transplant

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What really happens to cells after they a stem cell transplant into a patient? Once these cells, which have spent weeks in a lab environment, are injected into a person, what happens next? This is arguably the most important question in the regenerative medicine field, but there are few answers. We are literally mostly in …

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What’s in the stem cell name? Trunk cells & more

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Why are stem cells called stem cells? “Stem cell” is one of those terms we use all the time without thinking about it, but where did the name come from originally? Why do we call these particular cells that meet given criteria, “stem cell”? The name “stem”  would appear to be a reflection of their …

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