Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Stem Cell Discussions on Saturday

Coming up this Saturday afternoon – forget those college football games – is a stem cell conference in Los Angeles.

On tap is Sen. Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento, the chair of the state Senate Health Committee and the most influential legislator on stem cell issues. Ortiz has been critical of the performance of the California stem cell agency. Recently she has focused more on the possibility of generating revenue and benefits for the state from any stem cell research funded by the agency.

Also on the conference panel sponsored by the California Science Center are Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, professor of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and a leader in stem cell research; Ted Peters, pastor and professor at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, Ca., and ethicist on the stem cell citizen’s oversight committee. and Irving Weissman, immunologist, professor, and director of the Stem Cell Institute at Stanford University, School of Medicine.

For more information, check the California Science Center site.

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