In an April cover story, we looked at the dilemma facing the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state agency created through Proposition 71 to fund stem-cell research: Should the landmark agency direct the remainder of its $3 billion in research funds towards "adult" stem cel ... More >>
Tempest in a petri dishIt's been a tough week in the news for California's San Francisco-based stem-cell research agency.Last week, it was revealed that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) -- created to fund stem-cell research through Proposition 71, the 2004 state ballot initi ... More >>
Marie CseteThe chief scientific officer at California's stem-cell agency has announced that she will step down from her position in a little over a month.Marie Csete, who had been at the San Francisco-based California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for slightly more than a year, has so f ... More >>
Robert Klein, the Palo Alto real-estate magnate who led the successful 2004 ballot-initiative campaign to create a $3 billion state stem-cell funding agency and then steered the agency through its first years as chairman, has announced that he will step down from his leadership post at the end of 20 ... More >>
Help -- or at least cash -- is on the wayThe California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) announced yesterday that it has received $275 million in fresh funding from a recent sale of state bonds, saving the state stem-cell agency from a cash crunch that would have left it without money to f ... More >>
Keep those fingers crossedThe front line of advanced biomedical research doesn't stand still. Whether it's promising advances or devastating setbacks, this field of human knowledge is so young -- and so populated by bright and ambitious scientists and entrepreneurs -- that it seems news is always b ... More >>
Library of CongressFor sale once more?In 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring illegal the sale, purchase, or ownership of living human products, known then as people.In 2009, Barack Obama signed an order lifting restrictions on federal funding of stem cell research,& ... More >>
In these dire financial times, fewer of us have the opportunity to donate to charity (at least, that's what we keep telling ourselves). But some really, really rich people are more than capable of forking over large quantities of the stuff, as evidenced by Slate's list of the largest charitable dona ... More >>
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