Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Reed Ethics Case Receives Modest Coverage

The ethics warning by California regulators involving a director of the state's $3 billion stem cell agency drew light news coverage today.

The conflict-of-interest incident received the most fulsome attention in two San Diego area newspapers, the Union-Tribune (Terri Somers writing) and the North County Times(Bradley Fikes writing). That's because the case involves John Reed, head of the Burnham Institute in La Jolla, Ca.

Erika Check, writing on the blog of Nature magazine, carried the following statement from Robert Klein, chairman of CIRM.
"We are delighted that with the completion of the review by the Fair Political Practices Commission. Dr. John Reed will reengage in his role as an ICOC [board] member. As CIRM matures, we continue to review and enhance our policies and procedures to avoid potential problems in the future."
It was Klein, an attorney who drafted much of Prop. 71, who advised Reed to write a letter lobbying the CIRM staff to reverse an unfavorable decision involving a $638,000 grant to Burnham. The letter prompted the state ethics investigation.

The Associated Press also wrote a brief story that appeared on various websites, including those of the San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee and the San Jose Mercury News.

None of the stories carried a response from Reed, who Somers reported is traveling.

(An earlier version of this item did not contain the information from the Nature blog.) Sphere: Related Content

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