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Tales from the Hood: what really goes on in research labs?

This is just the first in a series “Tales from the hood” about the stories of the stem cell scientists at the front lines of research. What really goes on in  labs? After spending nearly half of my life being a scientist in one form or another including much time studying stem cells, I have …

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Irv Weissman’s early career and the mentors that made the difference for him in his own words

It has been a week to think about mentors and I posted somewhat autobiographically on how to find and be a good mentor a few days ago. Also along these lines, I asked one of the great mentors of all time, Irv Weissman, about his early career and who were the mentors that made the …

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Trying to understand the Catholic ban on the Komen Charity

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is an awesome organization. It has raised nearly $2 billion dollars in less than 2 decades for breast cancer research. It also has a variety of educational programs. This is an organization that has likely saved hundreds of women’s lives and I think will save thousands of lives through its …

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I Still Hate Your Paper: Dr. No and the Editors that are ruining Peer Review

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A year ago I did a post on scientific peer review and the dreaded Dr. No, but have things gotten any better? No. From everyone I have talked to, the answer would seem to be quite the contrary–things continue to move in the wrong direction. If you are not a scientist, but care about stem cell …

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The latest scoop on ACT and Geron

Advanced Cell Technology  (ACT) announced today that it has treated two patients in its clinical trials: one for Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy (see official trial page for a lot more info) and one for Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (see official trial page here for a lot more info). The patients underwent the treatment at UCLA and each …

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California pays its sports coaches alone more than the entire payroll of CIRM

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There has been a largely media-fed hullabaloo about the salary for the new Chair of CIRM, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, $400,000. Now don’t get me wrong, that sounds like a lot of money to me personally, but we need to put it in perspective and when we do, the salary is reasonable and …

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Podcasts

Podcast for Week of July 5 Topics –Stem Cell Tourism in the U.S. –CIRM –Article in the Hill by stem cell opponent –Stem cell hype on aging   Podcast for Week of July 11 Topics: –two papers on stem cell-based tissue engineering and one on stem cell treatments for heart disease, –the Republican candidates for …

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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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