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Science street smarts: how to succeed in science in the real world

Some of the smartest people I have ever met in my life were scientists. But some of these same people made the dumbest mistakes I have ever seen in my life. Why? Their raw brainpower and knowledge of science is amazing, but they seemed to lack common sense and what I would call “science street …

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More on Big Tent Science: CIRM Grantee Meeting off to an Exciting Start

Earlier I threw out there the idea that many different interested parties should come together to advance science. Something I called “big tent science” and “big tent team science”. I think CIRM is an outstanding example of this idea in action and I could see that in evidence today at the CIRM Grantee Meeting here …

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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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If I only had a blastema: obstacles to human regeneration

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Irv Weissman’s lab came out with a very intriguing paper in Nature this week on regeneration and something called a blastema. Having a blastema It is not exactly on regenerative medicine of the kind we think about using exogenous stem cells, but more about how we might tap into nature’s own program for regeneration by …

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Kill them all and let God sort them out: what happens if the Republicans shut down NIH?

The Republican Party is really the “kill them all and let God sort them out” kind of party. Their latest craziness in the arena of science is toying with the notion of shutting down the NIH entirely or at least the ability of NIH to issue any new grants. So perhaps their new mantra is …

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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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