Saturday, January 8, 2005
Stem cell news from the on-line World Health News, the news digest from the Harvard School of Public Health:
- Massachusetts: Stem Cell Bill Tops Agenda as Legislature Convenes
Scott S. Greenberger and Frank Phillips
(The Boston Globe, Jan. 6, 2005)
"Democratic leaders on Beacon Hill vowed yesterday to immediately push legislation to promote stem cell research in the Bay State, hoping to blunt the appeal of California's $3 billion investment in stem cell research."
- California: Stem Cell Glitches
(San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 5, 2005)
"Proposition 71, the stem-cell initiative approved by voters last November, envisaged a rapid start-up of the massive $3 billion research project. But speed should not come at the expense of careful deliberation by the appointed 29-member Independent Citizens Oversight Committee as it begins to set a long-range trajectory for the initiative."
- Harvard Biologists Criticize Compromise Plan for Stem Cell Use
(The Boston Globe, Jan. 4, 2005)
"Two prominent Harvard University biologists last week criticized a potential compromise for the use of human embryonic stem cells, saying the idea -- meant to overcome ethical objections -- is scientifically 'flawed.' The proposal, called altered nuclear transfer, was presented last month to the President's Council on Bioethics by one of its members, Dr. William Hurlbut of Stanford University. The idea is to genetically engineer a human egg so that it can create embryonic stem cells without ever becoming an embryo -- potentially avoiding objections that have made the issue so politically volatile and limited federal funding of the research." Our earlier post on this topic, with links to the transcripts of the Council's session, is here.
- Japanese Team Succeeds in Parkinson's Stem Cell Therapy
(Agence France Presse, Jan. 4, 2005)
"Japanese researchers said they had successfully treated monkeys with Parkinson's disease through a stem cell transplant, potentially paving the way for an ideal remedy to the intractable disease."