California’s stem cell institute may close doors

By Michael Cook The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has announced that it can no longer accept grant applications. There is no more money in the cookie jar. The CIRM was set up in 2004 after 59% of California voters approved a $3 billion bond issue to support human embryonic stem cell research. The …

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Is the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine worth it?

By Michael Cook In 2004 California voted 59% to 41% for Proposition 71, an amendment to the state constitution which would create the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine through a $3 billion bond issue. Interest added another $3 billion to the bill. Now the CIRM’s funding has nearly run out and its supporters plan to …

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“Shamelessly oversold,” CIRM has funded just a trickle of clinical trials in hunt for stem cell therapies

By Michael Cook The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine [CIRM] was created in 2004 after voters overwhelmingly supported a $3 billion bond issue to pay for stem cell cures. President George W. Bush had just restricted federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research to cells derived from embryos that had already been destroyed and …

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San Francisco Chronicle Turns Against CA Stem Cell Agency

  By Wesley J. Smith In 2004, California voters passed Proposition 71 under an avalanche of mendacious CURES! CURES! CURES! hype: Children would get out of wheelchairs! Diabetes would be conquered! Mendacity, mendacity, all was mendacity. Ten years later and the spin has spun. Now, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) will need voters …

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Prestigious Panel criticizes California Institute of Regenerative Medicine

By Dave Andrusko For years, bioethicist Wesley J. Smith has kept close tabs on the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, established after voters in 2004 approved a state ballot initiative, Proposition 71, which funded embryonic stem cell/human cloning research using $3 billion in bonds. Over the past year, in particular, there have been mounting calls …

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First California Institute for Regenerative Medicine FDA-Approved Trial Adult Stem Cells!

By Wesley J. Smith The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine was sold to a gullible public on the promise of developing embryonic stem cell and therapeutic cloning CURES! CURES! CURES! that the eeeevilll Bush was thwarting. But, when that didn’t work out–-and desperate to show some progress for all the money CIRM has sucked up …

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Skepticism about California’s stem cell institute persists

By Michael Cook The dispute over 2004’s Proposition 71, for setting up California’s $3 billion stem cell research institute, has surfaced again in the local media. Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik wrote a stinging critique as part of his attack on a new proposition to tax cigarettes to pay for medical research (that went …

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Cry Me a River California Institute for Regenerative Medicine!

By Wesley J. Smith Wesley J. Smith The sense of entitlement of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine [CIRM] and its supporters would choke a cow.  California is about to run out of cash!–and its supporters worry that it might lose the ability to borrow even more money to bury my state under an even …

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California Stem Cell Agency Helps Executives, Not Patients

By David Prentice Jack Dolan of the Los Angeles Times takes California’s stem cell agency (California Institute of Regenerative Medicine– CIRM) to task for the exorbitant salaries paid to its executives, while other California agencies cut back and the state wrestles with covering an enormous budget deficit. Investment banker Jonathan Thomas was elected the new …

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