November 27, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog


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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 lab idea originated as a means for California researchers to work on human embryonic stem cells without compromising their funding from the NIH. CIRM invested a million dollars for …Read More

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I made it here in one piece to Berkeley at the Claremont Hotel driving through torrential rain to get here for the CIRM Board Meeting discussing the recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on CIRM. The Board is in intensive discussion as I type. Some members seem more in favor of change and others are more reluctant. I’m more of the opinion that the IOM  got it wrong on most issues. Still many I’ve talked with believe that CIRM needs to craft some kind …Read More