Thursday, October 26, 2006

Stem Cell Snippets: Warehouses, Fox Ad and Pombo

Here links to some stories related to California stem cell issues:

UC Davis – A warehouse in Sacramento is being converted into a $75 million stem cell research center by UC Davis. Reporter Jim Downing of The Sacramento Bee wrote:
"The new director of the Davis program, Jan Nolta, starts work Nov. 1. Nolta, who grew up in Willows, was recruited from Washington University in St. Louis along with longtime collaborator Gerhard Bauer, an Austrian native who is an an expert in the design and management of ultra-clean laboratories. Nolta and Bauer were at the UC Davis Medical Center on Wednesday as U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, toured the laboratories of Mark Zern, an organ transplant expert whose research team is studying ways to use embryonic stem cells to regenerate the liver."
Michael Fox – His stem cell TV ad rivals the nuclear destruction commercial in the 1964 presidential race in terms of free air time, according to one longtime observer at the Poynter Institute, a newspaper think tank.

Pombo – Stem cell research rose to a higher level of visibility in a Central Valley congressional race in California. Reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen of the Contra Costa Times wrote the story concerning incumbent Republican Richard Pombo and Democrat Jerry McNerney. Sphere: Related Content


  1. Anonymous10:03 AM

    With all of this talk about Michael J. Fox, you may be interested in what we have to say. It's pretty clear that the public's attention to stem cell research has increased substantially ( since 2001, when the debated first broke into the news. While majorities say they support stem cell research, question wording can influence results, which suggests there is still some uncertainty on this question. For more public opinion on stem cell research, visit Public Agenda’s Issue Guide on Medical Research (

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  2. Between the President's veto of the stem cell bill and recently Michael J. Fox and other stem cell research advocates making this a top-of-mind election issue this year, voters should look at a voter guide that lists candidates' views on stem cell and other medical research issues: