Monday, November 26, 2007

On California's CIRM: unwieldy dinosaur of times past?

Of the recent Klein/Reed problem at California's stem cell organization CIRM, californiastemcellreport writes:

It is difficult to understand what led Klein, an attorney, to give Reed the bad advice. Whatever the reason, the Oversight Committee is riddled with conflicts of interest, something Klein should be keenly aware of. More than half of its members have links to institutions that could stand to benefit from the upcoming round of $227 million in lab construction grants. And it was the Oversight Committee itself that set the standards for those grants – not some detached, third-party organization.

New Jersey voters just said "No!" to such venal conflicted-interest back on November 6, 2007 when the stem cell bond issue, which concerned money for new buildings to be built in locations of political constituencies, took a whopping 53-47 beating. The voters said "no" to political pay-offs for unneeded buildings. The current Reed/Klein matter in California could be viewed as an alternative history "ghosts of problems future" that New Jersey simply will not have to visit.

Californiastemcellreport made an oblique reference to significant new work on reprogramming cells which became public on Tuesday, November 20 and which has been greatly discussed in quarters OTHER THAN californiastemcellreport:

The Reed/Klein affair has also come to light at a time when some are contending that human embryonic stem cell research is unnecessary in light of the recent research news about other ways to reap its benefits without the untidy matters associated with hESC experiments. Some are already questioning the necessity of CIRM's efforts.

The New York Times conveyed some of the significance of the new work.
See IPBiz: New York Times on the sea change in stem cells: the past debate as a funny footnote?

Klein and californiastemcellreport are fast becoming anachronisms.

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