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California Stem Cell Program

Stand Together: Of Dinosaurs and Orphan Diseases

Don C. Reed | Posted 03.22.2017 | Impact
Don C. Reed

Millions of people are incurably ill, and yet we do not join together. Separately, we cannot insist on greater funding; we cannot not demand that existing funds be used more efficiently, to speed up the discovery of cures.

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

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.27.2016 | Science
Don C. Reed

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?

Parkinson's vs. The California Stem Cell Agency: Disease-a-week Challenge #18

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.24.2016 | Science
Don C. Reed

PD afflicts millions of people around the world, an enormous burden to families and nations. We need to try many ways until we can find the cause, and implement the cure.

Neurological Diseases vs. the California Stem Cell Agency: Disease-a-Week Challenge #16

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.04.2016 | Science
Don C. Reed

First, a seeming digression from the subject of chronic illness. In my youth, I worked as an aquarium diver for Marine World Africa USA in Redwood Ci...

WONDER WOMEN AT WORK: the California Stem Cell Agency vs. Huntington's Disease

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.26.2016 | Science
Don C. Reed

In the fields of medical research and patient advocacy, modern-day "wonder women" are not hard to find. But the evils they face are not comic at all.

Blindness vs. California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-Week Challenge #6

Don C. Reed | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact
Don C. Reed

When I was ten I fell on a bamboo stick, which penetrated my right eye. The doctor taped a patch over it and said that was all he could do, we would just have to wait and see. What did that mean?

DISEASE-A-WEEK CHALLENGE #4: The California Stem Cell Program versus Arthritis

Don C. Reed | Posted 06.15.2016 | Science
Don C. Reed

In the 1966 movie-so-bad-it-might-be-fun, 1966 BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA, there is a scene that made me cringe, and not for the reasons the film-makers intended.

The California Stem Cell Program versus Vascular Disease

Don C. Reed | Posted 06.09.2016 | Science
Don C. Reed

In the late 1960's, Olympic weightlifting was my life. I trained at Pennsylvania's York Barbell Club, where modern lifting essentially began, and wrote for their magazine, STRENGTH AND HEALTH. In those days, everybody who was anybody in lifting came to York, and I had the privilege of meeting many of our sport's greatest champions.

Champions Find a Way: California Stem Cell Program Joins Hands with Biomed in Fight against Paralysis

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Don C. Reed

A great circle has been closed, bringing scientists, universities, biomed, patients, and advocates together, uniting our strength. California's stem cell program as a public/private cooperation is a working reality; it has advanced the cause of cure.

Prostate Adventures: Another Reason to Appreciate the California Stem Cell Program

Don C. Reed | Posted 03.26.2014 | Science
Don C. Reed

Cancer is tough to kill. It may go into remission and come back later. Fortunately, the California stem cell program is pretty tough too.

Fighting the Killers: California Stem Cell Program Takes on Leukemia and Cancer

Don C. Reed | Posted 11.20.2013 | Science
Don C. Reed

Is one of these approaches (or a combination of them both) the answer to cancer? We cannot say. No one can predict the path or pace of science. But some things we can know. Without dedicated scientists like these, cure will not happen.

Of Starfish, Stem Cells and $70 Million: How California Therapies May Reach Patients Quicker

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.21.2013 | Science
Don C. Reed

The California stem cell program has developed 77 new stem cell methods. Among those efforts might be a way to ease diabetes, reverse Alzheimer's, or loosen the clutch of paralysis, but how can we afford the increasingly expensive safety tests? There may be a way.

California "Bridges" Program Helps Young Scientists

Don C. Reed | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Don C. Reed

If you or someone you know wants to be a stem cell researcher, read this article carefully, because it could be a career-maker. To be a stem cell res...

Rush Limbaugh and the California Stem Cell Program

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Don C. Reed

These are not statistics. They are our loved ones, and politics must not block research which might heal or alleviate their suffering.