The US Senate’s leading advocate for government transparency wrote today to the White House’s budget office, demanding that it protect a proposed rule that would obligate universities to post their publicly-funded biomedical researchers’ financial conflicts on a publicly accessible website. Read more
In a victory for supporters of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research, a US district judge ruled today that government funding of the research is legal, despite an existing law that prohibits US funding of research in which an embryo is destroyed.
Geron made medical history last October, when it treated subject number one in the first-ever trial of a human embryonic stem cell (hESC) therapy, for spinal cord injury. Now, the second and third hESC trials have been launched. On July 12, in an operating room at the University of California, Los Angeles, the first subject in each of the trials — one for a rare form of blindness that usually begins in childhood, the other for a common cause of blindness in the elderly — was treated with retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells derived from hESCs. Details are available in … Read more
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), often denigrated for being slow to approve new drugs for market, has recently been speedier than its European counterpart in approving new cancer drugs, according to a study in the journal Health Affairs released today. Read more