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$10 Million California Stem Cell Award for Creation of a New ‘Lifeline" for Kidney Disease Patients

$10 Million California Stem Cell Award for Creation of a New ‘Lifeline" for Kidney Disease Patients


A 2014 interview with Laura Niklason, whose firm, Humacyte, will receive a $10 million award from California. The interview was conducted at the Stem Cells Meeting on the Mesa in La Jolla, Ca.

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$10 million matched by Humacyte
Three clinical trial locations in California
Humacyte raised $150 million last year

The California stem cell agency is set to...

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A letter to James Baldwin because I have some questions about the love thing

A letter to James Baldwin because I have some questions about the love thing

Dear James, You’re dead, but I’m going to talk to you, because I think you may have been wrong, and I don’t know who else to talk to. In 1962, you wrote a letter to your nephew because he was “born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity” that he was a...

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State Budget Includes $5 Million to Allow Those with Food Stamps to Buy More From Farmers’ Markets

Jul 11, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

More Californians who receive food stamps will be able to buy double the fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets after Gov. Jerry Brown approved $5 million in funding for the program as part of the new state budget.

The Market Match program increases amount people with CalFresh benefits are able to spend on...

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California Stem Cell Report
More Than a Minor Headache: The Stem Cell Snake Oil Problem vs. Legitimate Research

Just two weeks ago, the headlines from Bloomberg News offered a glowing view of the prospects for stem cell therapies and the industry. The story in the online publication, which counts nearly 9 million readers monthly, said,"Stem cell crusader sparks ...

California Stem Cell Report
A Scientist’s Comment: Deal Directly with FDA Rather Criticizing It in the Media

The following comment on FDA regulation of stem cell research was submitted via email by a longtime scientist in the field, who asked to remain anonymous. 
"Many advertised  'stem cell' treatments use hematopoietic or blood stem cells which are run under a different set of regulations from pluripotent stem cells since they are...

California Stem Cell Report
Monty Python, $3 billion and Stem Cells in the Golden State

Monty Python, $3 billion and Stem Cells in the Golden State

Inquisition scene from Monty Python, photo CIRM/Daily Mail
The headline today from California was nearly irresistible:
"The Spanish Inquisition and a tale of two stem cell agencies"
Not only that, but the headline appeared over an article involving Monty Python, the $3 billion California stem cell agency and the lesser,...

California Stem Cell Report
Influential Scientific Journal Rips Effort to Loosen Stem Cell Research Rules

The prestigious journal Nature today editorialized against easing federal regulation of stem cell treatments, a major blow to the campaign by the California stem cell agency to speed such therapies to the marketplace.

The headline on the piece said,

"FDA should stand firm on stem cell treatments."
The unsigned editorial declared that those who contend...

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Transgender Patients Find Medical Home in L.A.

Jul 4, 2016
Transgender Patients Find Medical Home in L.A.

Diana Feliz Oliva, the Transgender Health Program’s Coordinator. Photo: Jessica Portner

By Jessica Portner

When Mikki del Monico, a 49-year-old filmmaker, walked into the just-opened Transgender Health Program more than two years ago, he knew exactly what he wanted because he’d been waiting for it his whole life—hormone replacement therapy, surgical referrals and a welcoming...

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The debate over marijuana legalization and kids

The debate over marijuana legalization and kids

By Lisa Renner

The pending ballot battle over a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in California raises a crucial question: would the change expose more children to pot or protect youth from access to the drug by tightening regulations?

Opinion from public officials and advocates is sharply divided as the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act”...

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Useful Design, Useful Aging: Exploring the Tech Galaxy With Longevity Explorer

Useful Design, Useful Aging: Exploring the Tech Galaxy With Longevity Explorer

By Matt Perry

Richard Caro is a tightrope walker.

A successful entrepreneur with decades of experience in bringing high-tech products to market, he’s most recently turned his attention to aging and product design. On the surface, his Longevity Explorers assess the quality of products and technology. Yet Caro knows his work is about something...

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