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STEM CELL NEWS: “more federal support for embryonic stem cell research”

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 10, 2009 at 1:59 am


Harvard’s Holdren Wields Oscar-Worthy Climate Pitch for Obama

By John Lauerman

(info relevant to stem cell issues are in bold)

Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — When David Letterman, the late-night TV host, needed a scientist to explain climate change on his show last April, he chose John Holdren, the Harvard University physicist who helped Al Gore earn an Academy Award…

As the head of the technology office, Holdren would also be co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, along with Harvard geneticist Eric Lander and Harold Varmus, the Nobel Prize-winning virologist who is president of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. All three declined to be interviewed until after Holdren’s confirmation.

Leonard Zon, a Harvard stem cell scientist who knows Lander and Varmus and has followed Holdren’s career, said the three men are likely to recommend more federal support for embryonic stem cell research, and budget increases for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. agency that backs the bulk of basic science conducted at academic institutions.

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