Thursday, April 16, 2009

Stem Cells and Cyberspace Info

Jim Till, a member of the board of the Cancer Stem Cell Consortium in Canada, runs a blog called the Cancer Stem Cell News.

Most of it appears oriented towards nitty-gritty research, but occasionally he picks up other types of information. Today he linked to the San Francisco Weekly piece on CIRM with an acknowledgement that he found it via the California Stem Cell Report.

Till carried a paragraph from the Weekly's story but otherwise offered no comment.

Till's blog is a good example of how news and information originally targeted for a geographically small audience can rocket around the world, courtesy of the Internet. With the waning power of the print media and its TV and radio cousins, the Web is increasingly likely to be a key information source on relatively specialized topics such as stem cell research – more so than general news.

The conduct of stem cell research would not have been high profile news even during the golden days of newspapers. Less so now and in the years to come.

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