Thursday, May 11, 2006

Stem Cell Snippets

Here are links to recent, interesting stories, press releases or other items on California stem cell issues.

Dolby gives $16 Million more to stem cell research Paul Elias of The Associated Press – "Sound pioneer Ray Dolby and his wife gave $16 million to the University of California, San Francisco to start a stem cell center that will perform research without federal funds." Dolby has the institute renamed to replace stem cell with "regeneration;" Dolby says "stem cell" gives bad vibes.

Tougher rules needed for CIRM nonprofit IP -- Press release from Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights -- "Proposed regulations governing the ownership of discoveries resulting from Proposition 71-funded stem cell research must be strengthened to allow the California Attorney General to intervene if the drugs or cures are unreasonably priced."

Overview of current CIRM controversies – Writer Michelle Chen on the NewStandard website. "Groups that support stem-cell research are warning that the state's massive research-funding plan is not immune to narrow interest groups that could undermine the potential public-health benefits."

Comment on Los Angeles Times editiorial – Patent attorney Lawrence Ebert takes Times to task for simplistic thinking. "To be helpful to Proposition 71, the Los Angeles Times needs to get a fuller grasp of 'where' CIRM currently is and 'what issues' it needs to resolve, especially in the intellectual property area."

Video of Prop. 71 ad – Posted by one of the persons in the ad, who says, "This is a 30-second TV commercial I was featured in with my brother for California's Proposition 71 in 2004 about stem cells' potential to treat cerebral palsy." Sphere: Related Content

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting my TV spot. As for my condition, I don't like to use the word "cure" when talking about it because I think it's trite and abstract. I prefer "improvement." If a stem cell treatment can enable me to have better use of my hand and improved balance, even if just a little bit, it would greatly improve my quality of life. For people with other conditions, if the experience improvement of their conditions--if not a cure--at some point, investing in stem cell research will have proved a worthwhile investment.