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There’s an article in the Washington Post by the chief officer of the AAAS and editor of ‘Science’ which can be summed up here: We simply cannot invest all our hopes in a single approach. Federal funding is essential for both adult and embryonic stem cell research, even as promising alternatives are beginning to emerge.…

Stem Cell Issue Resolved? ‘Fraid Not

Time has a great article about the recent breakthrough in stem cell research (that certain types of skin cells can regain pluripotency)–specifically on whether this so-called resolution to the stem cell debate might help the GOP. Stem cell research has been the albatross around the neck of Republicans for a while now. Its getting harder…

Remember Bush’s speech last year where he denounced “human-animal hybrids“? Well, I don’t know about you, but I about fell off the couch laughing. But now it looks like his worst fear has come to pass: a chimeric sheep with 15% human cells, engineered with the hope of animal organs one day being used for…

Remember that scene in ‘Karate Kid’ when Daniel-San walked in on Mr. Miyagi trying to catch a fly with a pair of chopsticks? In response to Daniel-San asking what the heck he was doing, Mr. Miyagi replied cryptically, “He who catch fly with chopstick can do anything.” (Or something like that.) Oh, Mr. Miyagi’s wise…

Cancer = Stem Cells Gone Wild!

This recent discovery actually makes a lot of sense: errant stem cells are often the cause of cancers and tumors, and therefore should be better targeted with chemotherapy. Stem cells are the precursors to all tissues, good and bad, and many cancers could be considered the result of stem cells’ division process gone awry. Suddenly,…

Missouri voters have narrowly approved a measure sanctioning embryonic stem cell research in the state. The amendment to the state constitution received 51% of yesterday’s vote after supporters waged a $30 million advertising campaign that included celebrities such as Michael J. Fox. Elsewhere, three governors who had backed stem cell research in their states won…

Darling of Nature and current researcher at UM, Dr. Sean Morrison, has recently authored a paper implicating a protein called ‘inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinase 4A’ in the decline of a stem cell’s lifespan. A single molecular switch plays a central role in inducing stem cells in the brain, pancreas, and blood to lose function as…

“Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart.” Lakehead University in northern Ontario set up www.yaleshmale.com in a bid to attract potential new students. It shows a picture of Yale graduate Mr Bush with the caption: “Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart.” “It was literally a tongue-in-cheek…

As reported in Forbes, many pro-stem cell billionaires are picking up the cause and heavily donating to research projects to develop stem cell therapies. Following the Bush Administration’s further constraints of funding, and limited federal stem cell lines (which now contain a woeful number of defects), universities and foundations were forced to set up off-site…

Apparently, an increasing trend is “stem cell tourism“—but not for Alzheimer’s or a spinal cord injury. No, rather for aging, wrinkles, cellulite, and general “rejuvenation.” This is obviously quackery, as the methods they describe (which range from smearing dead cow cells as a facial, or direct injection of stem cells from an aborted fetus’ liver)…