Cross posted from Nature Medicine’s Spoonful of Medicine blog on behalf of Elie Dolgin. CIRM nominees: Jonathan Thomas (left) and Frank Litvack (right) Six months after a bungled attempt to find a new leader, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) yesterday announced two candidates to succeed Bob Klein, the architect and founding chairman of the $3 billion state stem cell agency. And with the option of electing either a bond financier or a cardiologist, the CIRM board now faces a stark choice over who will lead the San Francisco-based institute as it enters into its next phase. Klein, a … Read more
In a budget speech today, South Africa’s science minister said she wants to give “serious consideration” to bringing all of the country’s science funding under one roof—her own, to be precise.
Posted on behalf of Marian Turner The next 24 hours will be critical for scientists in Germany who are trying to understand if an outbreak of infections from a deadly strain of E. coli currently sweeping the country is a severe instance of a normal infection, or something different. Three women have died today from suspected infections with the bacteria enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) which causes dysentery-like, bloody diarrhoea, severe cramping and fever. Health authorities have registered a further 400 confirmed cases – mostly young women. First cases emerged barely two weeks ago and authorities have been shocked at the … Read more
The World Health Organization’s top-decision making body, the World Health Assembly, said today it would defer until 2014 any decision on the destruction of the two last known remaining stocks of the virus that causes smallpox. A US-resolution calling for the stocks to be maintained for at least another five years ran into opposition led by Iran, resulting in deadlock last night after a day of negotiations.