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Don C. Reed
Don C. Reed sponsored California’s Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999, named after his paralyzed son. “Roman’s law” has provided $14 million in state funding, work which attracted an additional $59.2 million in matching grants. It was the source of initial funding for Dr. Hans Keirstead’s groundbreaking paralysis work, soon to become the world’s first embryonic stem cell research human trials, through Geron, Inc. Reed organized grassroots support for America’s first stem cell “permission” legislation, establishing the official legality of embryonic and Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) research in California through SB 253 (Ortiz) and other laws. He served on the executive board for Proposition 71, the initiative which became California’s $3 billion stem cell research program. He has worked with numerous state and national efforts to fund research and advance scientific freedom. Reed is currently Vice President for Public Policy for the Americans for Cures Foundation.

*Opinions expressed are the author’s alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of Americans for Cures Foundation.

Entries by Don C. Reed

Democrats, Do Not Be Cheated!

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2016 | 10:39 AM

Who do you want choosing the Supreme Court membership: Hillary or Donald?

That is the choice before us now.

Look at what is already happening.

Across the country, a flood of money is allowing a quiet Republican takeover. Government races that once required almost no money for campaign costs are...

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How Trump Wants to Unify America

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 5:42 PM

I just heard a speech from Hillary Clinton's Vice Presidential running: Tim Kaine. She made a good choice. Kaine is warm, friendly, and ( as a person married to a Mexican-American), it was a joy to hear him so comfortable in speaking Spanish. He showed courtesy and respect for people...

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Republican Party Goes Off The Deep End

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 9:50 AM


By Don C. Reed

Watching the Trump Republican convention was not encouraging for the future of democracy.

My worries began with the denial of the "Conscience Amendment". Instead of allowing a state-by-state roll-call vote on whether or not a delegate could...

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HILLARY: "Walk On Through the Wind"

(5) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 6:15 PM


By Don C. Reed

Remember that grand old song "You'll Never Walk Alone"?

"Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown..."-- Rogers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL.

Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has walked through...

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Stem Cell Partnership: Patient Advocates And Scientists At The International Society For Stem Cell Research Convention

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM

STEM CELL PARTNERSHIP: Patient Advocates and Scientists at the International Society for Stem Cell Research Convention

By Don C. Reed

This year's International Society for Stem Cell Researchers (ISSCR) conference was enormous, three vast floors of San Francisco's magnificent Moscone West convention center.


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(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2016 | 8:03 AM

THE SINGAPORE RESEARCH STORY: edited by Hang Chang Chieh, Low Teck Seng, and Raj Thampuran; World Scientific Publishing, Inc. 2016

Reviewed by Don C. Reed

Disclaimer: World Scientific published one of my books, "STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond", so I am perhaps biased on their behalf.


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(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 9:11 AM


By Don C. Reed

With her overwhelming victory in California, Hillary Clinton has secured the Democratic nomination. She has more delegates, more super delegates, and millions more votes than Bernie Sanders.

The Senator from Vermont may still hope to persuade Hillary's super...

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A Nickname for Donald Trump

(72) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 6:17 PM

What nickname would fit Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump?

Certainly he has not been shy about naming his rivals: "Lyin' Ted", "Little Marco", "Heartless Hillary", "Crazy Bernie", etc...

Crude but effective, nicknames stick, as any kid who has had one can verify.

And in today's world of...

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Meetings With the Clintons

(6) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 6:40 PM

-By Don C. Reed

The first time I "met" Hillary Rodham Clinton does not really count: I was in the back of a huge crowd in Oakland, so far away from the stage I could barely understand her words.

She was running for President against Barrack Obama, and my wife...

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Of Presidential Candidates and Medical Research

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 7:23 PM

Nearly one in two Americans suffer a "chronic" (long-lasting or incurable) disease or disability. These are our family members, people we know and love.

To heal the ill and injured, rather than merely maintaining them in their suffering, we must have cures. That means research funding, and scientific...

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Stand Together: Of Dinosaurs and Orphan Diseases

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 12:05 AM

My sister Barbara Reed did special effects work for a classic Disney movie called "DINOSAUR".
What a joy it was to watch the credits roll, and see her name up there on the silver screen...


The film's climactic scene showed...

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Loss of a Stem Cell Champion: An Appreciation of Nancy Reagan

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 5:15 PM

The world was moved when former President Ronald Reagan wrote his brave open letter, revealing that he was "one of the millions ... who will be afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease."

Even now, three sentences in that letter strike home to me and my family:


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Jail for Stem Cell Researchers? How Bernie Sanders Lost My Vote

(11) Comments | Posted February 27, 2016 | 12:41 PM

My son Roman Reed is paralyzed, and for 20 years he and I have worked with scientists to help them find a cure.

Bernie Sanders as President? Despite all his best intentions, he might be an obstacle to my son's hopes of walking again....

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Stem Cell Battles -- in Times Square?

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 1:45 PM

One sunny afternoon in 1963, two very young soldiers were standing on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, 86 floors up, looking out over the greatest city in the world.

Paris may be lovelier, Los Angeles more packed with movie stars, and San Francisco has our Golden Gate;...

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Heroes in My Book

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 4:57 AM

With apologies to famed author Jack Canfield, one way to describe my new book might be: "Chicken Soup for the Stem Cell Soul"!

A series of connected short stories, designed to inspire and empower, the actual title is "STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond: How Ordinary People Can Fight...

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Why The Big Bang Theory is Important to Me

(4) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 12:05 PM

As it is for millions of Americans, my favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory, written and produced by Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady and Steven Molaro.

Everything works. Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is not only impossibly gorgeous and one of the most talented comediennes in TV history; Sheldon (Jim Parsons)...

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Riding to the Storm: Behind the Scenes Hassles of Stem Cell Research Funding

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 1:41 PM

When my paralyzed son Roman Reed told me, he was going on a little trip, I said, "Oh, that's nice!", and went on with my chores. I figured he meant a couple-hour jaunt from Fremont to Sacramento, something like that, no big deal.

But his mother Gloria is more suspicious...

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One Stem Cell Awareness Day

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 5:06 AM

I was writing in a goldfish bowl: more accurately the goldfish bowl, the glass-walled conference room of the California stem cell agency, 210 King Street, San Francisco.

I was autographing a copy of a book, "STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond" with intentions of leaving it for guests to...

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Heart Attack vs. the California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-week Challenge No. 20

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 12:56 AM

"Hearts will never be practical, until they can be made unbreakable"--L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

It was nine-twenty on a recent Sunday morning, time to pick up Gloria. On Sundays she walks to Church, (she is Catholic; I am not) and after the service we...

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Sickle Cell Disease vs. the California Stem Cell Agency: Disease-a-week Challenge #19

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 1:52 AM

Imagine: inside the veins of an African-American child, red blood cells: round and soft, doing their job, keeping the person alive.

What would happen if those cells hardened and changed shape, curving into the letter "C", like a wheat-cutting sickle?

First, the capillaries would clog, in...

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