California stem cell law

The future of California stem cell research & CIRM

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The four words “California stem cell research” go nicely together and I hope they will continue to resonate in a special way to people around the world in the coming decade. We are at a crossroads for stem cell research in California as the original form of the California Stem Cell Agency (CIRM) winds down. …

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Recommended recent stem cell, peds cancer & CRISPR reads

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Here are some articles that look especially interesting on stem cells, cancer, and CRISPR. I was just at the SNO meeting in SFO on childhood brain tumors so those are on my mind more. Childhood cerebellar tumours mirror conserved fetal transcriptional programs (Nature) Childhood brain tumors “think” they are building organds in fetuses. H3.3 K27M depletion …

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Recent stem cell pubs & news: reprogramming, chromatin, single-cell, Astellas, & more

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What new papers and news in the stem cell sphere caught your eye? Here are some recent items that seem notable to me. Diabetes relief in mice by glucose-sensing insulin-secreting human α-cells. This paper reports cellular reprogramming to insulin-producing cells in mice. They reprogrammed α-cells with Pdx1 and MafA proteins. ‘Mitophagy inhibits amyloid-β and tau pathology and reverses …

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New Florida bill mixes RTT spirit with turning unproven stem cell sales into a felony

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A new Florida bill (Bill 65 of 2019) could make the practices of stem cell clinics a felony. At the same time it would open the door to patients receiving still experimental stem cells that have at least started the clinical trial process. What’s going on? A number of states have been stepping up action …

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Upside down, sometimes wacky fine print on stem cell clinic sites

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Scrolling through a stem cell clinic website can be a surreal experience. Going from the top of the page to the bottom can leave one feeling turned upside down. I wonder what the FTC thinks when they see these sites? Usually at the top of the webpage for many unproven stem cell clinics are big …

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Update on state laws on stem cell clinics: California, Washington, & Florida

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California broke new ground with our stem cell law that went into effect on January 1. It requires stem cell clinic firms to post notices informing patients of important information such as the fact that their offerings are non-FDA approved. At this point, 4+ months into the enforcement period, I’m not sure if anyone has …

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Reactions to California’s new stem cell law on non-FDA approved clinic offerings

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What does the wide stem cell and regenerative medicine community think of California’s new stem cell law requiring that clinics selling non-FDA approved stem cell offerings make specific disclosures to prospective customers and that the state medical board keep track of how this all unfolds? You probably already know that I am supportive of the …

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Groundbreaking new California stem cell law gives consumer protections on clinics

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California now has a first-of-its-kind stem cell law that requires clinics pitching non-FDA approved stem cell offerings to be upfront with patients. It’s a bill that will help to protect patients. How? With Jerry Brown’s signature yesterday, the new California law mandates that stem cell clinics in our state take some steps to inform patients …

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