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There’s an emotional and even dramatic stem cell regulatory scenario unfolding in Italy. It’s quite a dust-up, with patient-rights activists and a small stem cell company championing legalization of an unproven, unpublished cell-replacement therapy. So far, the patient side has the upper hand, using lawsuits and sit-ins to get support in the courts, and even in the Italian Parliament. The 'compassionate use' lobby has managed to mute the outrage of the international mainstream of science; indeed, the scientists have been demonized as uncaring, corrupt tools of big pharma. Read More
For the first time, human skin cells have been transformed into embryonic stem cells (eSC). Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) created several lines of SC, which can then become any other cell type in the body and have great potential in regenerative medicine. Read More
, M.D., Ph.D., a member of the Reeve Foundation International Research Consortium on Spinal Cord Injury, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences
(NAS). This is one of the highest honors a scientist can achieve. Members are nominated and extensively vetted by his or her peers, “in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” Read More