Edward Lanphier

Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) Opposes REGROW Act, Risks to Patients Cited

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The biggest debate today in the stem cell world is over how much regulation is needed for new, investigational stem cell therapies that are not as yet approved. Sometimes it feels very lonely being out there publicly advocating for appropriately thorough regulation of stem cell therapies and at times I get a lot of heat for …

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4 areas of debate on 1st human embryo genetic modification paper

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Last week was a big one for the life sciences in that we saw the milestone of the first ever published paper reporting human embryo genetic modification (see here and here). It was one of those situations where we knew it was coming, but it was still a jolt. Not surprisingly this event sparked intense discussion …

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Practical Plan for Managing Human Germline CRISPR

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CRISPR Cas9 gene editing technology is a game changer on many levels both inside and soon outside the lab. There is a growing sense of urgency amongst biomedical scientists to take a proactive approach to current and future use of CRISPR gene editing technology in human germ cells and embryos. These concerns have been heightened …

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ISSCR calls for moratorium on clinical application of human germline nuclear genome editing

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The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) just now released a new policy statement on human germline gene editing. The statement calls for a ban on clinical application of human germline gene editing technology. Here is the brief summary statement at the beginning: The International Society for Stem Cell Research calls for a moratorium on …

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Proposed Moratorium on Genetic Modification of Human Germ Cells

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One of the hottest topics in the biomedical world in 2015 is heritable human genetic modification including via germ cells. There is an unsettling sense that genetically modified human germ cells and eventually GMO human beings are likely coming even if science and society are not ready for it. There are a hodgepodge of laws against human …

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Flash stem cell contest: free passes to see Yamanaka & more at WAFSF meeting in SFO

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One of the best stem cell meetings each year is the World Alliance Form San Francisco (WAFSF) stem cell conference. It brings together in San Francisco many of the very best stem cell researchers from around the world doing the most cutting edge translational research. You should go! The speakers include Shinya Yamanaka, Masayo Takahashi, …

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