Friday, January 23, 2009

San Diego UT: California Stem Cell Effort Leads Nation

In a fortuitous bit of timing, the leading newspaper in one of California's stem cell hotbeds today ran a front page story declaring that the state's "taxpayer-funded investment has allowed it to build the infrastructure that puts it ahead of every other state."

The article by Terri Somers in the San Diego Union-Tribune was prepared earlier but it was published the same morning that Geron announced the federal go-ahead on its vaunted hESC clinical trials. The timing promises to generate more general interest in Somers' piece and the field overall.

Somers constructed a broad overview of the state of stem cell research in the nation but particularly in California. Her piece does sound some cautionary notes, including this from researcher Larry Golstein of UC San Diego.

"The devil will be in the details," said Goldstein of how the Obama Administration deals with both executive regulation of stem cell science and legislation controlling hESC reserarch.

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