Stem Cell Institute Hits Jackpot…With Adult Stem Cells

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is rejoicing. For “the first time … research by a CIRM-funded Disease Team has resulted in an Investigational New Drug (IND) approval from the FDA, a critical step in testing promising therapies in patients,” says Dr Ellen Feigal, of the CIRM. “It’s a reflection of the initial progress being made in advancing scientific discoveries towards potential therapies for patients.”

What went unsaid is that this approval is for treatment with adult stem cells, not human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). But the CIRM was established with a US$3 billion bond issue to deliver cures through hESCs.

Wesley J. Smith, a bioethics writer and stern critic of the CIRM, was scathing in his comment: “That its first, and so far only, big success came from the very approach its mendacious backers earlier disdained, is just too rich an irony to overlook.”

The CIRM was also in the news this week with an announcement that its work towards a cure for HIV was about to go to human trials. However, this does not use hESCs either, but rather blood stem cells.

Michael Cook


Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia.

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  • Davyjb

      Thank you for highlighting this important and most newsworthy item in the world of science and medicine.  And for exposing the utter hypocracy of the CIRM and its backers whom extolled the perceived virtues of immoral embryonic stem cell research.

       The main stream media of course will not pick up on this, but it really needs to be hammered home to the public!  

  • AnnaMarie53

     Of course the “main stream” media won’t pick up on this highly relevant, news worthy item!  They are so heavily invested in continuing to pump life in the “Frankenstein” that is the hodge-podge of various attempts to publicly fund abortion clinics, rubbers for small boys and potentially lethal shots for little girls to prevent veneral (sp?) disease that they refuse to see the forest for the trees!  Not to mention, any news which is contrary to their secular religion and thus go against their chosen “messiah”  must be ignored for the “good” of all us dumb little people.