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Stem Cell Research

We'll Be Able to Grow Fresh Body Parts From Cartilage By 2019

Inverse | Posted 01.12.2016 | Science

This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Peter Rugg Just last week, a teenage boy was the recipient of the first 3D-printed nose transplant...

Heroes in My Book

Don C. Reed | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Don C. Reed

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...

Why The Big Bang Theory is Important to Me

Don C. Reed | Posted 11.13.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

In The Big Bang Theory, science is not presented as something dark and dreadful, to be discredited. The work they do is plain hard mental labor. It requires practice, but is doable. The basics can and should be understood by everyone

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

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

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.

One Stem Cell Awareness Day

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Don C. Reed

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 Str...

The Real Miracle at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 10.18.2015 | Education
Rep. Chris Taylor

Deadly, debilitating diseases don't care if you're liberal or conservative. The hyper-politicization of biomedical research threatens future life-saving medical advancements.

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

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.29.2015 | 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?

Coffman's Anti-Science Stance Pulls Down the Republican Party

Jason Salzman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Some Republicans, including Congressman Mike Coffman of Aurora, want to ban stem cell research because they consider embryos to be human life, even if the embryos are obtained from fertizilization clinics that would otherwise dispose of them.

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

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.06.2015 | 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.

Polycythemia vs. the California StemCell Agency: Disease-a-week Challenge #17

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Don C. Reed

Yelling "FIRE, FIRE!", my six-year-old brother came scrambling down the hill toward our back yard. Behind him rose a plume of black smoke. The campfire he had started did not stay small, spreading to the dry grass.

Republican Candidates Embrace Science!

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

"Good luck with that!" This is the most common response we get when we talk about, the non-profit founded to try and persuade the presidential candidates to attend a debate solely on science issues, including technology, the environment, and medicine.

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

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.04.2015 | 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...

Multiple Sclerosis vs. California's Stem Cell Agency: Disease-a-Week Challenge No.15

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.31.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

How long will it be before people with MS get well? No way to know. But there is funding for the research. Because California voters said YES to Proposition 71, the Stem Cells for Research and Cures Act, we have a chance to defeat Multiple Sclerosis.

Needles, Not Knives, to Treat Sports Injuries and Degeneration

Nancy Deville | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Deville

My first pair of running shoes were men's shoes because they didn't make them for women in 1974. That's how many years I've been pounding away at my...

A Boy Who Asked Obama About Stem Cell Research In 2007 Writes To Say It Saved His Life

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics

A young cancer survivor sent President Barack Obama a moving letter thanking him for keeping a promise made during a 2007 campaign stop -- a prom...

Fighting the Thief of Lives: HIV/AIDS vs the California Stem Cell Agency: Disease-a-Week Challenge Number 13

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.25.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

So little attention is paid to HIV/AIDS nowadays, one might be forgiven for thinking it has been cured. But has it?

Planned Parenthood, Fetal Tissue and the Meaning of Compassion

Steven Conn | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

As this story has unfolded I have been thinking about the Reagans, Ron and Nancy. It was President Ronald Reagan who first turned an important scientific pursuit into a political issue (masquerading as a moral crusade).

Epidermolysis Bullosa vs. The California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-week Challenge # 12

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.14.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

EB is a rare condition, sometimes called an "orphan disease". This is a good news/bad news situation: we want it rare, because no child should have to suffer such continual pain--but it also means the number of patients wanting cure may be too few to attract corporate money.

Melanoma Cancer vs. The California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-week Challenge #10

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Don C. Reed

In the classic movie GOLDFINGER, James Bond is tied on his back to a table, while a buzzing crackling laser beam is just about to saw him in half. Bon...

Planned Parenthood Attack Campaign: Not Letting the Facts Get in the Way of Your Story

Jon O'Brien | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

The trick of a carnival huckster is to distract you with the right hand so you don't see what the left hand is doing. The firestorm over the latest attack on healthcare provider Planned Parenthood is a classic example of how you can manufacture outlandish claims hidden by a mirage of genuine care and concern.

Brain Tumors vs. California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-Week Challenge #8

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.17.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

When Vice President Joe Biden stood beside the coffin of his son Beau, it seemed the whole world took a breath. Every parent knew what he must be feeling: one of the most powerful men on Earth, and yet he could not save his son.

Cortisone: The End of an Era

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

There are, of course, times when healing won't occur and cortisone can be symptomatically helpful, but our job is to figure out how to promote healing in those tough situations as well as the more straightforward overuse cases.

Autism vs. the California Stem Cell Program

Don C. Reed | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Don C. Reed

Before I met the boy who liked Stanford too much, I knew almost nothing about autism. I had seen the movie, RAINMAN, in which Dustin Hoffman played a...

For Genome Editing, Self-Regulation Beats a Government Ban

Techonomy | Posted 06.18.2015 | Science

Gene editing has been around for years, but CRISPR is a new version of it. Taken from a mechanism commonly used by bacteria to recognize invading viruses, it has proven remarkably useful and effective in altering other organisms since it was first adapted in 2012.

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

Don C. Reed | Posted 06.16.2015 | 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.