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C’mon guys…



  • The University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston July 1, 2009       Several months after becoming the first patient in the United States to undergo a revolutionary new stroke treatment, Roland “Bud” Henrich continues to improve. Doctors intravenously injected Henrich, 61, with stem cells taken from his own bone marrow…”The stem cells, we believe, may help repair the damage to his brain caused by the stroke,” said Sean Savitz, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the study’s lead investigator. “Animal studies have shown that when you administer stem cells after stroke, the cells enhance the healing. We know that stem cells have some kind of guidance system and migrate to the area of injury. They’re not making new brain cells but they may be enhancing the repair processes and reducing inflammatory damage.” http://www.texmedctr.tmc.edu/root/en/TMCServices/News/2009/07-01/Stem+Cells+Tested+for+Treatment+of+Stroke.htm

Other STROKE articles:

  1. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/autologous-neural-stem-cells-benefit-parkinson%e2%80%99s-patients-adultstemcell-com/
  2. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/stem-cell-treatment-for-stroke-and-traumatic-brain-injury-wholewellness-net/
  3. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-stem-cells-block-stroke-damage
  4. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110831160216.htm
  5. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/stem-cells-from-menstrual-blood-may-benefit-stroke-patients/
  6. http://www.philly.com/philly/health/HealthDay686541_20140407_Stem_Cells_Show_Pro


New Stem Cell Treatment Leaves Scientists “Stunned” As Wheelchair-Bound Stroke Patient Walks Again


Researchers are said to be “stunned” by the success of a recent clinical trial of a new stem cell treatment for stroke patients. By injecting the cells into participants’ brains, scientists were able to produce some remarkable improvements, with several patients regaining motor function in their limbs.

A full report of the study has been published in the journal Stroke, with lead author Gary Steinberg telling the Washington Post that patients’ improvements were “not just minimal recovery like someone who couldn’t move a thumb now being able to wiggle it. It was much more meaningful. One 71-year-old wheelchair-bound patient was walking again.”

The trial involved the use of modified bone marrow–derived mesenchymal stem cells, which were injected into the specific region of each patient’s brain that had become damaged following their stroke. Amazingly, the researchers were not actually expecting to see any clinically relevant results at this stage, as they were just testing out a low dose of the treatment in order to assess its safety.

However, of the 18 patients involved in the study, seven experienced dramatic improvements in their cognitive and motor capabilities. In terms of safety, the study authors report that all participants experienced at least one temporary adverse effect, ranging from headaches and nausea to muscle spasticity. Importantly, though, all of these are thought to have been caused by the surgical procedure itself rather than the stem cells.


To evaluate the success of the treatment, the researchers used a number of standardized scales that are commonly used to assess the severity of symptoms in stroke patients. For instance, the Fugl-Meyer motor function total score is often used to measure recovery, with an improvement of 10 points representing a “clinically meaningful” change.

The patients involved in the study experienced an average improvement of 11.4 points on this scale, which translated into a “clinical improvement in the power of upper and lower limbs, ranging from an improvement in the ability to stand to the disappearance of tremor.”

Furthermore, the study authors make a point of noting that their patients had been suffering from their various symptoms for an average of 22 months prior to treatment. This is well beyond the six-month cut-off period that is typically considered to represent the point at which stroke-related brain damage becomes permanent and untreatable.

Exactly how the treatment works is not entirely understood, although Steinberg suspects that the stem cells somehow kick-start the brain’s own ability to repair itself, rather than developing into new neurons themselves.

Given that at present, more than 70 percent of people who suffer strokes end up with some sort of enduring disability, this new treatment could potentially be a game-changer – although more trials will be needed before it becomes readily available.




In ALL ARTICLES, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on March 6, 2014 at 5:31 pm



B  R  A  I  N  S  S  S  S  ! ! !
Also patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, TBI, Ataxia…
via http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0142961213013045


In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm
Stephen Hawking Visits LA Stem Cell Lab

Stephen Hawking toured a stem cell laboratory Tuesday where scientists are studying ways to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurological disorder that has left the British cosmologist almost completely paralyzed.

After the visit, the 71-year-old Hawking urged doctors, nurses and staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to support the research.

Hawking recalled how he became depressed when he was diagnosed with the disease 50 years ago and initially didn’t see a point in finishing his doctorate. But his attitude changed when his condition didn’t progress quickly and he was able to concentrate on his studies.

“Every new day became a bonus,” he told a packed room.

Cedars-Sinai received nearly $18 million last year from California’s taxpayer-funded stem cell institute to study the debilitating disease also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control the muscles. People gradually have more and more trouble breathing and moving as muscles weaken and waste away.

There’s no cure and no way to reverse the disease’s progression. Few people with ALS live longer than a decade.

Diagnosed at age 21 while a student at Cambridge University, Hawking has survived longer than most. He receives around-the-clock care, can only communicate by twitching his cheek, and relies on a computer mounted to his wheelchair to convey his thoughts in a distinctive robotic monotone.

A Cedars-Sinai patient who was Hawking’s former student spurred doctors to invite the physicist to glimpse their stem cell work.

“We decided it was a great opportunity for him to see the labs and for us to speak to one of the preeminent scientists in the world,” said Dr. Robert Baloh, who heads the hospital’s ALS program.

During the tour, Hawking viewed microscopic stem cells through a projector screen and asked questions about the research, Baloh said.

Cedar-Sinai scientists have focused on engineering stem cells to make a protein in hopes of preventing nerve cells from dying. The experiment so far has been done in rats. Baloh said he hopes to get governmental approval to test it in humans, which would be needed before any therapy can be approved.

Renowned for his work on black holes and the origins of the universe, Hawking is famous for bringing esoteric physics concepts to the masses through his best-selling books including “A Brief History of Time,” which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Hawking titled his speech to Cedars-Sinai employees “A Brief History of Mine.”

Despite his diagnosis, Hawking has remained active. In 2007, he floated like an astronaut on an aircraft that creates weightlessness by making parabolic dives.

Space exploration is important “for the future of humanity,” he told the audience.

Hawking said he did not think Earthlings would survive “without escaping beyond your fragile planet.”

And he gave some advice: Look up at the stars. Stay curious.

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at,” he said.

Doctors don’t know why some people with Lou Gehrig’s disease fare better than others. Baloh said he has treated patients who lived for 10 years or more.

“But 50 years is unusual, to say the least,” he said.



Patient’s own stem cells help heal heart, early research shows – CNN.com

In CATCH UP!, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 14, 2012 at 3:27 am

7 long years.

It has taken 7 years for the US medical system to CATCH UP to the rest of the world.  This article, though pro-adult stem cell, uses the same tired, B.S. lines like:

“This is the first instance of therapeutic regeneration”

This article blatantly ignores the thousands of of studies, trials and patients successfully treated over the last 7 years.  Sadly, we won’t see stem cell treatments readily, commonly and commercially available in the US for a long time. 

Many people will offer comments on these developments…

The uninformed will say: “first time ever!”

The optimists will say: “better late than never”

The realists will say: “10 years before US patients will have access to these treatments”

The families of those who have died over the past 7 years will say: “if only the US woke up sooner”


Stem cell treatments are available NOW outside of the United States at some of the most modern and advanced hospitals and clinics in the world.  Maybe, just maybe, the families of those who WILL die from heart disease over the NEXT 10 years will say:

“NOW is the time to go where they have been treating heart disease with stem cells for over half a decade”

For info on CURRENTLY AVAILABLE stem cell treatments for heart disease:


For more info and the HISTORY of stem cells for heart disease :


Patient's own stem cells help heal heart, early research shows

Patient’s own stem cells help heal heart, early research shows

A patient’s own heart cells can be used to regrow new heart tissue and help undo damage caused by a heart attack, according to early research published on Monday.

Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore were able to treat 17 heart attack patients with cells grown from their own heart tissue and not only show the procedure was safe, but also that the cells can help reduce scarring and even cause new heart muscle to grow.

When a person suffers a heart attack, he or she is often left with huge areas of scarring in the heart. Scarred heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it used to, putting stress on other parts of the heart to make up for the deficit. The damaged area also doesn’t conduct electric current as well, leading to an abnormal heart rhythm, which can cause more problems. Heart attack patients often go on to develop heart failure.

“This is the first instance of therapeutic regeneration,” says Dr. Eduardo Marbán, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. He says while nature abounds with examples of spontaneous regeneration of limbs or tissues – like a salamander’s new tail or a human liver regrowing to full size if partially damaged – doctors have not been able to help patients regrow heart tissue. This could change in the future if larger clinical trials and longer patient outcomes confirm the results of this early research published Monday in the journal The Lancet.  Marbán and his colleagues first presented this research at an American Heart Association conference in November…

Patient’s own stem cells help heal heart, early research shows – – CNN.com Blogs.


In DISEASE INFO on October 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

First off, the sense of smell is neurological AND constantly regenerating after every cold, inhalation of smoke, etc.  Secondly, our bodies do have regeneration capabilities and they are very powerful in infants and then we lose that capability. An infant <6 mos old can regrow the tip of a finger (8 min, 45 secs in to video below) just as it was proved that with stem cell grafts, an adult can as well (19min, 20 secs).  see http://www.ted.com/talks/alan_russell_on_regenerating_our_bodies.html

Even the NIH knows this.  Here is an excerpt from one of their books:
Chapter 8 – Strategies for Regeneration and Repair in the Injured Central Nervous System
8.2.4 Regeneration Is Possible Following CNS Injury

Until the 1980s, it was unclear whether CNS axons could regenerate; however, seminal studies by Aguayo and colleagues demonstrated that CNS axons could regenerate when provided with the appropriate environment. In these studies peripheral nerve grafts were implanted in the optic nerve, and axons were regenerated within the peripheral nerve graft but not beyond the graft and not into the tissue [55]. After traumatic injury to the brain or spinal cord, some neurogenesis is often observed within the first few months following injury. It has been appreciated recently that the injured brain may be attempting repair through developmental processes, as evidenced by increases in neurogenesis and angiogenesis that occur following TBI [56–58]. In SCI, neurogenesis is observed following surgical intervention where the pressure or compression exerted on the spinal cord by vertebrae is relieved by realigning these tissues [59]. via http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3941/

In that time, we have also discovered that organs including heart muscle and neurons DO have regenerative capabilities; overturning hundreds of years of ignorance.  Often in SCI patients, olfactoric mucosal stem cells are removed from the patient’s nose (remember, the sense of smell is neurological AND constantly regenerating after every cold, inhalation of smoke, etc.) multiplied and injected into the site of the injury. Obviously great care is taken to reduce existing inflammation and scarring at the injury site and avoidance of secondary injury but the link I posted shows many articles on successful stem cell implantation and varying degrees of recovery from SCI.

A number of the doctors I’ve worked with have had success with adult stem cell implantation into spinal cord injury patients.  And before you go there, when one in 5,000 patients recovers some sensation in their legs due to physical therapy or reduction of inflammation over time, etc. then you can tell me: it wasn’t the stem cells, it was a placebo effect, it was an error in measurement, etc.  But when 40%, 50%, 60% of patients given a specific protocol at multiple treatment centers around the world by different doctors (on hundreds of diseases including spinal cord injury) show significant improvement; it is statistical, empirical, qualifiable and quantifiable and DUE to the adult stem cell treatments.

To learn more:


Stepping Towards A Paralysis Cure, A Tale Of Two Supermen Stem Cells Cure 23 Year Old Male of Paralysis – C6…-C7 injury

Paraplegic – Adult Stem Cell Success Stories – Laura Dominguez


Successful Stem Cell Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury in Dogs

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Wins…and Loses


Adult Stem Cell Grafts Help Paralyzed Heal

Medical hope as paralysed dog cured by stem cell therapy – mirror.co.ukhttp://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/medical-hope-as-paralysed-dog-cured-by-stem-cell-therapy-mirror-co-uk/

Major the Roseville police dog gets stem cell treatment – http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/01/major_police_dog_stem_cell.php


In BEST OF THE BEST on October 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm
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  • Heart,
  • Pancreas,
  • Lungs,
  • Kidneys,
  • Brain (various conditions, mainly stroke),
  • Spinal Cord,
  • Multiple Sclerosis,
  • Liver
  • and other neurological degenerative conditions.

Your treatment fee has been negotiated down to around $25,000 (the specific cost may vary depending on your specific requirements but it will not exceed $26,000). This is a ~$10,000 reduction on standard treatment costs and I hope this helps to move stem cell treatments out of your dreams and into your reality!

If the patient wants an additional treatment for a different condition, they can opt to have it at the same time for approximately half of the cost of the first treatment!The ~$25,000 fee includes the patient’s treatment, accommodations for two people and local travel via limo for two people! The only additional cost is for air fare and my associate can also assist you with significant price reductions on your travel plans.

Contact me immediately and I will assist you in scheduling your appointment and getting more information on your specific condition and treatments. Email me at dsgrano@gmail.com

STEM CELLS 101 – making sense of the mess

In ALL ARTICLES on September 23, 2011 at 4:21 am



Embryonic? Adult? induced Pluripotent? Omnipotent? Tutipotent? Umbilical? Fetal? Placental? Mesynchymal? Adipose?  Are you confused by it all?




  • SOURCE/DERIVED FROM•comes from blood, umbilical cords, bone marrow, placenta fat tissue, muscle, nasal neurological, breast milk, menstruation, dental pulp, and many more
  • PURPOSE IN BODY•they are the body’s natural healing cells
  • OBSTACLES+SIDE EFFECTS•~zero problems (virtually zero side effects)
  • TREATMENT HISTORY•used in bone marrow transplants to treat cancer for 40 years
  • TREATMENT HISTORY•can currently treat 130+ diseases safely and effectively (CP, MS, Autism, Diabetes, CHF, PAD, etc)


  • SOURCE/DERIVED FROM•comes from embryos
  • PURPOSE IN BODY•split for 7 weeks until you have a fetus the size of a thumbnail
  • OBSTACLES+SIDE EFFECTS•they create cysts and tumors, rejection requires immunosuppressive drugs for the ill patient, they carry the genetic anomalies of the donor, etc
  • TREATMENT HISTORY•can currently treat zero diseases, probably need to cure cancer first to use them


  • SOURCE/DERIVED FROM•comes from regular adult cells like skin cells that are then transformed by scientists into stem cells
  • PURPOSE IN BODY•to be a skin cell or other tissue
  • OBSTACLES+SIDE EFFECTS•they create cysts and tumors, rejection requires immunosuppressive drugs for the ill patient, they carry the genetic anomalies of the donor…
  • TREATMENT HISTORY•no treatments to date, probably need to cure cancer first to use them


Organ Regeneration from Stem Cells

In ALL ARTICLES on September 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The Big Idea:

Organ Regeneration

Photo: Growing an ear

Miracle Grow

In the future people who need a body part may get their own back—regrown in the lab from their own cells.

By Josie Glausiusz
Photograph by Rebecca Hale, NGM Staff

Above: The synthetic scaffold of an ear sits bathed in cartilage-producing cells, part of an effort to grow new ears for wounded soldiers.

More than 100,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in the U.S. alone; every day 18 of them die. Not only are healthy organs in short supply, but donor and patient also have to be closely matched, or the patient’s immune system may reject the transplant. A new kind of solution is incubating in medical labs: “bioartificial” organs grown from the patient’s own cells. Thirty people have received lab-grown bladders already, and other engineered organs are in the pipeline.

The bladder technique was developed by Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Researchers take healthy cells from a patient’s diseased bladder, cause them to multiply profusely in petri dishes, then apply them to a balloon-shaped scaffold made partly of collagen, the protein found in cartilage. Muscle cells go on the outside, urothelial cells (which line the urinary tract) on the inside. “It’s like baking a layer cake,” says Atala. “You’re layering the cells one layer at a time, spreading these toppings.” The bladder-to-be is then incubated at body temperature until the cells form functioning tissue. The whole process takes six to eight weeks.

Solid organs with lots of blood vessels, such as kidneys or livers, are harder to grow than hollow ones like bladders. But Atala’s group—which is working on 22 organs and tissues, including ears—recently made a functioning piece of human liver. One tool they use is similar to an ink-jet printer; it “prints” different types of cells and the organ scaffold one layer at a time.

Other labs are also racing to make bioartificial organs. A jawbone has sprouted at Columbia University and a lung at Yale. At the University of Minnesota, Doris Taylor has fabricated a beating rat heart, growing cells from one rat on a scaffold she made from the heart of another by washing off its own cells. And at the University of Michigan, H. David Humes has created an artificial kidney from cells seeded onto a synthetic scaffold. The cell-phone-size kidney has passed tests on sheep—it’s not yet implantable, but it’s wearable, unlike a dialysis machine, and it does more than filter toxins from blood. It also makes hormones and performs other kidney functions.

Growing a copy of a patient’s organ may not always be possible—for instance, when the original is too damaged by cancer. One solution for such patients might be a stem cell bank. Atala’s team has shown that stem cells can be collected without harming human embryos (and thus without political controversy) from amniotic fluid in the womb. The researchers have coaxed those cells into becoming heart, liver, and other organ cells. A bank of 100,000 stem cell samples, Atala says, would have enough genetic variety to match nearly any patient. Surgeons would order organs grown as needed instead of waiting for cadavers that might not be a perfect match. “There are few things as devastating for a surgeon as knowing you have to replace the tissue and you’re doing something that’s not ideal,” says Atala, a urologic surgeon himself. “Wouldn’t it be great if they had their own organ?” Great for the patient especially, he means.

The Future of Stem Cell Research: BCVS Advances in 2010 – AHA Science Network

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on March 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Basic Cardiovascular Science Advances for 2010: The Future of Stem Cell Research

By Dr. Mark Sussman

The mission of our council is to improve understanding of mechanisms of basic cardiovascular regulation to support the development of new therapies and insights into clinical cardiovascular disease. Special emphasis is placed on integrating molecular/cellular and physiological approaches to address problems relating to functional genomics, cell signaling, myocardial biology, circulatory physiology, pathophysiology and peripheral vascular disease. The council plays a major role in linking basic science to clinical science and is concerned with advancing and applying knowledge derived from basic science to the patient.

Annually AHA asks all of its Councils and science groups what in their estimation have been the most important advances in their respective fields within the past year. We have pulled out of all of those suggestions the ones that came from or are relevant to our community. Several studies this year brought the future of medicine closer to the present with new insight into emerging technologies. These studies evaluate the role of stem cells in cardiac repair and their ability to differentiate into cardiac myocytes and the ability of the heart to replace and regenerate myocytes on its own. The findings from stem cell therapy have been shown to improve quality of life and survival in patients with chronic heart failure and support the development of future cell based therapeutics.

Dr. Mark Sussman is the Chair of the BCVS Council. He is the Distinguished Professor of Biology at the SD


Posted by Melissa AHA Science on Mar 9, 2011 9:13 AM CST

WAKE UP! You have already wasted $3 Billion + 6 years with ZERO treatments!

In CATCH UP! on November 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Waking up from a long sleep (you):

Your eyes open, you stretch your arms to the ceiling, rub sleep out of your eyes, look around, the smell of coffee hits your nose, you run a clawed hand through your tousled bed head…these are your waking up moments.  We know them, they are clear.

Waking up from a long sleep (USA):

Here are some other waking up moments in the world of “Stem Cells in the USA” that should be as clear but for some reason are not.

1.  While there are hundreds of ADULT stem cell treatments available around the world today; California works on producing Stem Cell Treatments from Embryonic stem cells with $3 BILLION dollars over the course of 6 years and produces ZERO treatments.

2.  California asks for another $3 BILLION dollars while scientists (as quoted from THIS article) all realize: “marketable therapies for maladies such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and spinal cord damage promised during the campaign remain years, if not decades, away…”

3.  Embryonic stem cells can cause cysts and tumors that can become cancerous and require immunosuppressive drugs but US scientists are trying to turn them into disease fighting products (while other safer alternatives with a long history of success are available).  What is a good incendiary offensive analogy?  Hmmm…something very powerful that can be used to do something other than what they are biologically intended for.  How about this…Guns!  Guns are powerful and they also can be used as…toys for children.  They promote healthy bones and muscle development because they weigh a lot and they are virtually indestructible so they can be passed down generation to generation, child to grand child.  Sorry guys, for my money, child’s health and just cause it makes sense; I’ll stick with Tonka and Playstation. [wow, controversial statement.  That statement is like using a shotgun as a flyswatter…wait! damn.  Shotgun for a flyswatter…that IS the perfect analogy for embryonic stem cells!]

4.  But they are waking up…Medical tourism in the USA is a huge industry.  Patients are fleeing sub-standard medical care in the USA for other countries with both better health care and available ADULT stem cell and cancer treatments that the USA will not even looking at much less making available to her dying patients.  Sub standard? Yes…

the world health organization ranks the quality of US health care at 37th out of 190 countries!!! Our health care is worse than Portugal, Columbia, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Morocco and Dominica…and only slightly better than Slovenia and CUba! http:…//www.photius.com/rankings/h ealthranks.html

We are ranked 24th in life expectancy, ranked 23rd in doctors per 1,000 people and yet we spend more on health than any place in the world except for a tiny island with 64,000 people (basically, they built a hospital and that skewed the numbers) and lastly our infant mortality is 7 infants <1 yr old per 1,000 which ranks us equal to these meccas of health care – South Korea, Guamv Lithuania, Croatia and Cuba.


There are safe and effective adult stem cell and cancer treatments available today around the world at ~$25-35 grand per.  Ask me, I’ll tell you where, free of charge.

The US spent $3 Bil and 6 years and will spend $3 Bil more and X more years with no beneficial results.  What’s the definition of insanity again?  Doing the same thing over and over despite the results not changing?

They will kill hundreds or thousands in embryonic stem cell clinical trials through direct application or just because they are giving people hope in a trial with a product that does not work and not even treating 1/2 to 2/3 of the patients in the trial and worse; misdirecting them by sending them down a path with no cure when the alternate path (adult stem cells) already exists,  treats and benefits over 130+ diseases.

But there is something fairly positive that happened here.  I believe this is the FIRST time anywhere in any MAJOR US media source that they actually admitted that – treatments from Embryonic Stem Cells are NOT the miracle cure waiting JUST AROUND THE CORNER (as they have been screaming from the rooftops for over half a decade):

“marketable therapies for maladies such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and spinal cord damage promised during the campaign remain years, if not decades, away…”

Wow, I’m glad you are finally changing your story to face reality.  SO what’s the rough math?  Let’s see, $3 billion every 6 years, “decades” is probably 50 years but at least 20 years, that’s at least 3 times $3 billion =

20 years plus $9 billion to build a better [WORSE!] “shotgun flyswatter”.

So I guess the question is:

Do you want our country to spend $9 billion dollars more and wait 20 years more, for a total of $12 billion and a quarter century, with people dying every day from diseases considered incurable in the USA when there is something better and safer, with none of the side effects, none of the controversy, none of problems, that you can get right now?  Think before you answer.

Your life and the life of your loved one may depend on it!

Take care people!

“If you can’t be healthy; please, be smart about your health!”


State’s stem cell agency seeks more time, money

After six years, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has faced questions about leaders’ pay and the lack of medical breakthroughs. But its chairman plans to ask voters for another $3 billion in bonds.

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times

November 22, 2010

When millionaire Silicon Valley real estate developer Bob Klein launched his ballot drive to create a $3-billion state fund for stem-cell research in 2004, he pitched it as a way of taking politics out of science and focusing on cures. One particularly heartbreaking campaign ad showed former big screen Superman Christopher Reeve paralyzed in a wheelchair, struggling for breath and imploring California voters to “stand up for those who can’t.”

Next month, Klein’s six-year term as chairman of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine expires. Under his stewardship, the agency has funded research leading to hundreds of scientific papers, but scientists say marketable therapies for maladies such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and spinal cord damage promised during the campaign remain years, if not decades, away…

via State government: The state’s stem cell agency seeks more time, money – latimes.com.

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