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Take home message from our FDA poll: please move faster!

Recently I posted a poll to my readers asking them how they felt about the FDA and stem cells. The results (See above) are in and our readers largely agree with each other. Their take home message to the FDA? Move faster, please! A surprising 83% of respondents want the FDA to move faster, and …

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The Genomics Revolution: move over blood type, here comes your genotype

As I am writing this, a revolution in medicine and science is building up steam around the world called Genomics. Let me clue you in so you do not miss the boat on this dramatic change coming in our lives. Genomics means the study of genomes. A genome is the complete sequence of an organism’s DNA, …

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And the new leader of CIRM is…

The CIRM Board is meeting today and will decide on its future Chair via an election. There are two candidates, Jonathan Thomas (nominated by Bill Lockyer, the California state treasurer) and Frank Litvack, nominated by state controller, John Chang. Thomas is described as a Bond financier, while Litvack is an L.A. cardiologist and businessman with …

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Growing organs for transplants in swine: a pig in a poke?

There have been a lot of recent headlines about a report that it might be possible to grow human organs in pigs. Someone even proposed the crazy idea of using human iPS cells to make chimeric human/swing animals that contain certain human organs, which could then be harvested.  To say this is a bad idea …

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¿Qué son las células madre?

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Note that this post ¿Qué son las células madre? is one of our “Stem Cells Not Lost in Translation” series. You can see the full 2020 series of our stem cell white paper in 34 languages here.   ¿Qué son las células madre? El cuerpo humano contiene cientos de diferentes tipos de células que son importantes …

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Get a life!

One of the commenters on this blog told me, in response to my post on the opponents of stem cell research, to “get a life.” What’s a “life” according to this guy? To me? To you? We all lead different lives and have different ideas about what is a valuable life. We all face different …

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CIRM funds $25 million for Geron trial, $38 million for basic biology

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CIRM announced two sets of awards today that both should make major impact including its first clinical trial via Geron and $38 million for 27 basic biology studies. First Clinical Trial. Today CIRM awarded $25 million to support Geron’s FDA-approved clinical trial for spinal cord injury. This is CIRM’s first award to a for-profit company …

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What is a survivor?

What is a survivor? Dan Zenka, Senior VP of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, recently pondered this question in an excellent post on his blog.  The post has also drawn more than 50 comments, which I found very interesting based on the range of opinions and different perspectives. The comments are about prostate cancer, but could …

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