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What countries are ‘punching above their weight’ in stem cell space?

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By Heather Main What countries are doing disproportionately well given their size on their stem cell research? When reading through the ISSCR 2015 program you can understand why everyone wants to go to the US for their postdoc as it seems like most of the work being presented is US-based. In fact, this is more …

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Loring Open Letter to CIRM: Continuing Shared Labs Will Keep California’s Stem Cell Edge

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By Jeanne Loring As the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) celebrates its successes on its 10th anniversary, there is coincidentally a less happy CIRM-related event. One of CIRM’s first investments in stem cell research was a network of dedicated stem cell laboratories throughout California. This program, called “shared labs” has been cancelled. The shared …

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StemCells, Inc. Faces Lawsuit With Serious Allegations

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StemCells, Inc. is one of those stem cell-related biotech companies that we in the field hope will become a big success and help many patients in the future via stem cell technology. There are a lot of obstacles facing such companies. Some are privately held, while others such as StemCells, Inc. are publicly traded (stock …

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CIRM Presidential Search Committee Formed to Pick New Leader

The current President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), Dr. Alan Trounson, will be leaving the agency in the near future to have more time with his family back in Australia. As a result, CIRM will need a new President at a critical juncture in its history with only about 4 years of …

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Five stem cell legends & a blogger walk into a bar: the increasing influence of social media

Five legends and a blogger walk into a bar together. The bartender asks the first legend “What can I get for you?” The legend orders their drink. The bartender eventually serves up drinks to all five legends and turns to the blogger, “And what can I get for you?” The blogger replies, “Do you have Wi-Fi? …

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