Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Stem Cell Snippets: Conflicts, WARF and Politics

Here are links to items of interest related to California stem cell matters.

Conflicts of Interest – Maryland is wrestling with the same conflict-of-interest questions that dog the California stem cell agency. Erin Bryant of Capital News Service wrote that legislation creating the Maryland stem commission built in the conflicts and does not spell out whether commission members are allowed to vote on applications from their own institutions. One member of the group thinks they should.

WARF – Longtime WARF stalwart Beth Donley is leaving that organization. Donley, the foundation's general counsel, had worked for the organization for eight years. Only six weeks ago she too control of its WiCell affiliate. Donley said she wants to move on to the "next level" – the private sector. That could be translated as higher compensation. It does seem odd that she is leaving so soon after her appointment to the WiCell position. Here is a link to Joe Vanden Plas' story on the Wisconsin Technology Network.

NEJM – The New England Journal of Medicine has a couple of pieces on the politics of stem cells and the flap over the ACT stem cell extraction announcement. Nothing new in the ACT item, but it is a straight-forward delineation of what occurred as compared to the somewhat muddled accounts elsewhere. Likewise with the politics piece. Sphere: Related Content

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