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July 24, 2014

The upcoming debate over “CIRM 2”–CORRECTION

(I made an error about a past video involving the late actor Christopher Reeve in my post yetsterday. I strongly implied, at least, that such a video was used in the 2004 campaign for passage of California Prop. 71.  That would not be correct.  The video in question, easily found on YouTube, was aired [it indicates there] by Nuveen Investments during the 2000 Super Bowl.... // Read More »
July 11, 2014

The Recent Stem Cell News

Last week’s edition of Nature includes developments in the world of stem cell research, also noted in the general press: First: A group from Portland, San Diego, and Stockholm published work (payment required to read article) seeking to define the “best” human pluripotent stem cells on cellular and molecular grounds.  They compared: Stem cells taken from an embryo, created in IVF and destroyed for the... // Read More »
June 12, 2014

Germline Alteration and Defining “Just Research”

Yesterday’s post by Steve Phillips raises a central question for us in the “biotech century”:  are there some sorts of experiments that fundamentally ought not be done because of the potential they will be grossly misapplied by bad actors?  Steve cited research by Lord Robert Winston seeking to create genetically altered pigs—that seem, from the description in the press, to be what scientists call “transgenic”... // Read More »
June 6, 2014

Getting An Earful

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the book (and film) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, dinosaur DNA from in insects that bit the dinosaurs and are now preserved in amber.…

May 1, 2014

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” about Adult Stem Cells?

This week, Nature has an online news article and editorial about a new meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).  The BMJ article addresses discrepancies in published reports of clinical trials of adult stem cells to treat patients with heart disease/heart failure.  For some time now, this has appeared to many to be a particularly promising use of adult stem cells. Well, not so... // Read More »
April 24, 2014

Last Week’s Stem Cell Cloning News

Readers of this blog probably saw last week’s report, as the NPR headline put it, that “First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned from a Man’s Skin.”  I was able to read the full text of the online publication, by Cell Stem Cell, here. The stated goal of the work is to use somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) to clone an embryo that can then be used... // Read More »
August 30, 2013

Faster Than the Speed of Thought

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the 1983 comedic film, The Man with Two Brains,”  Steve Martin’s character falls in love with a female brain preserved in a jar.…

October 5, 2011

Happy Stem Cell [Awareness] Day!

There is a day for virtually everything these days. Forget the old school Valentine’s and Sweetest Day, or even Administrative Professional’s or Grandparents’ Day.…

June 2, 2011

Stem Cells and Baseball

When it came to light that New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon had received autologous stem cell therapy from a clinic in the Dominican Republic, an important question came before Major League Baseball: should stem cell “therapies” be banned from big league ball?…

November 10, 2010

Glenn McGee Was Right: It was Leon Kass' "Decision Point"

For those of you who will not be reading former President George W. Bush’s autobiography, Decision Points (I am among them), the National Journal has pulled out some choice selections of those items that might not make the headlines.…

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Published Articles (7)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 2 - Feb 2014

Transferring Morality to Human–Nonhuman Chimeras Monika Piotrowska

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 1 - Jan 2013

The Argument from Potentiality in the Embryo Protection Debate: Finally “Depotentialized”? Marco Stier & Bettina Schoene-Seifert

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 1 - Jan 2013

Two Watershed Stem Cell Experiments: A Look Back Christopher Scott

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 12 - Dec 2008

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on ?Visual Bioethics?

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 10 - Oct 2007

"Show Me" Bioethics and Politics

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 6 Issue 5 - Sep 2006

Taking Stem Cells Seriously

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 5 Issue 6 - Nov 2005

Rescuing Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: The Blastocyst Transfer Method

News (568)

July 3, 2014 1:46 pm

'Breakthrough' stem cell study retracted

It was hailed as a fast, easy, inexpensive and uncontroversial way to produce stem cells.

June 30, 2014 6:13 pm

Stem cells: Taking a stand against pseudoscience

Elena Cattaneo and Gilberto Corbellini are among the academics working to protect patients from questionable stem-cell therapies. Here, they share their experiences and opinions of the long, hard fight for evidence to prevail.

June 10, 2014 1:33 pm

Light-sensitive retina created with human stem cells

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, have created a miniature human retina in a dish from human stem cells, which they say can sense light. They are hopeful their creation could eventually lead to technologies one day that restore vision.

June 4, 2014 2:07 pm

Japan researcher agrees to withdraw disputed stem cell paper

A Japanese researcher accused of fabricating scientific results originally hailed as a breakthrough in stem cell research has agreed to retract two papers, deepening doubts about her “game- changing” findings.

June 2, 2014 2:08 pm

A nice, bright smile: Scientists use lasers to regrow teeth

Scientists have come up with a bright idea – literally – to repair teeth.

May 2, 2014 3:32 pm

Neanderthals Are People, Too

Let us focus on such experiments using stem cells — not to create individuals, but to create cells and tissues in the test tube instead of the re-creation of Neanderthals

April 29, 2014 4:05 pm

International Stem Cell Corporation Announces Positive Parkinson's Disease Data

a California-based biotechnology company announced today that some behavioral improvements have been observed after six months in the pre-clinical non-human primate (NHP) study of Parkinson’s disease .

April 28, 2014 6:54 pm

Cloning used to make stem cells from adult humans

For the first time, cloning technologies have been used to generate stem cells that are genetically matched to adult patients.

April 22, 2014 12:51 pm

Cloning advance using stem cells from human adult reopens ethical questions

Scientists have grown stem cells from adults using cloning techniques for the first time — bringing them closer to developing patient-specific lines of cells that can be used to treat a whole host of ailments, from heart disease to blindness.

March 11, 2014 2:11 pm

One Author of a Startling Stem Cell Study Calls for Its Retraction

One of the authors of a study that was claimed to have discovered a simple way to make stem cells said on Monday that he was no longer sure of his team’s conclusions, and he called for the study to be retracted.

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