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California Stem Cell Report
‘Wipe This Thing Off the Books:’ More Coverage of WARF Patent Challenge

The San Diego U-T is carrying a story on today’s filing with the United States Supreme Court on the California-based challenge to the WARF patent on human embryonic stem cells.

Bradley Fikes quoted one of the parties in the matter, Jeanne Loring, head of the stem cell program at Scripps, as saying,

“We think...

California Stem Cell Report
U.S. Supreme Court Action Being Sought in Major Human Embryonic Stem Cell Patent Case

U.S. Supreme Court Action Being Sought in Major Human Embryonic Stem Cell Patent Case

The California-based  challenge to WARF’s patent on human embryonic stem cells is headed for the United States Supreme Court.


The nation’s highest court is expected to be asked Friday to overturn an earlier appellate court decision and allow two public interest groups to seek to cancel the patent held by WARF, the Wisconsin Alumni...

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Group Classes Teach Parents to Help Kids with Autism Improve their Language Skills

Oct 30, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A study by Stanford researchers finds that group classes for parents that teach a specific therapy can help to improve the children’s’ language skills.  The  study looked at 12 week classes that taught “pivotal response training” in which parents identify something a child wants—such as a ball–and offer rewards in exchange for...

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$55 Million California Investment: First Patient Receives Viacyte Diabetes Device

$55 Million California Investment: First Patient Receives Viacyte Diabetes Device

Viacyte's diabetes device
San Diego U-T photo
The California stem cell agency and Viacyte, Inc., today marked a diabetic and stem cell first.


The first of about 40 patients has received the San Diego firm’s human embryonic stem cell device as part of a clinical trial testing what...

California Stem Cell Report
Text of Letter by Ellen Feigal on Her Resignation

Here is a copy of the letter that Ellen Feigal sent to her co-workers at the California stem cell agency earlier this week, announcing her departure.
"To my colleagues at CIRM:
"With some regret and after careful consideration, I have submitted my resignation as Senior Vice President of Research and Development at CIRM, effective November...

California Stem Cell Report
A Top Exec Departs from California Stem Cell Agency

A Top Exec Departs from California Stem Cell Agency

The No. 2 person at the $3 billion California stem cell agency resigned this week, becoming the fifth person to leave the research enterprise since Randy Mills became president last spring.


Ellen Feigal
CIRM photo
Ellen Feigal gave two weeks notice on Monday that she would be departing as senior vice...

California Stem Cell Report
Correction

The item Oct. 26, 2014, dealing with news coverage of theAlpha stem cell clinic plan misidentified the person directing the UCLA/UC Irvine effort. The principal investigator on the project is John Adams, a member of the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Ce...

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Changing the message of aging…subliminally

Oct 27, 2014

By Matt Perry

As a reporter who covers Aging issues, discussing the topic in public typically evokes this response through clenched teeth:   “Getting old sucks.”

There are variations on this reply – some involve profanity – but today’s accepted cultural message is that aging is terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad.


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UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations finds innovative ways to treat most common health problems

Oct 27, 2014

By Todd Dayton

In this story we visit a San Francisco research center working to better the lives of those most at risk for poor health. UC San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations puts many of the most common health conditions in the crosshairs, and uses research and outreach to improve the health of society’s...

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California Stem Cell Report
California’s Alpha Stem Cell Clinics Garner Little News Coverage

The California stem cell agency’s $34 million Alpha clinic venture last week received minimal attention from the mainstream media.


The effort was also was subordinated by the agency itself, which issued a press release that focused heavily instead on the plan by its new president, Randy Mills, to improve operations at the agency.


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