Sunday, October 28, 2007

Further discussion of investigation of Monash stem cell work

AustralasianBioethics noted the matter in the following way:

The newly-appointed head of the world's biggest stem cell program, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, IVF scientist Alan Trounson, has been embarrassed by irregularities in a research program which he had been supervising at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia.

An adult stem cell project which he was supervising has been scrapped after an audit in November last year found that a scientist's progress reports did not match his lab records. Although Professor Trounson is not under investigation -- it must be stressed -- he was the principal investigator and apparently did sign the doubtful report.

The researcher in question has left the university. He was a senior member of a team working on a lung regeneration project which was attempting to use adult mesenchymal stem cells to regenerate lung tissue to treat cystic fibrosis. It had received A$1.2 million funding over 18 months from the Australian Stem Cell Centre.


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