David Prentice, Ph.D.

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Second Embryonic Derivative Trial Moves Ahead, Maybe Dangerous
Washington, DC | 6/16/11

Reuters is reporting that Advanced Cell Technology has enrolled the first two patients for its experiments on human eyes using injected embryonic stem cells.

Obama Admin Approves More Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding
Washington, DC | 6/3/11

NIH Director Francis Collins has added two more lines of human embryonic stem cells to its Registry, bringing the current total to 93 lines approved for federal funding.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Alternatives Make More Progress
Washington, DC | 6/2/11

A new report published online in Nature describes how Stanford scientists turned mouse skin cells directly into nerve cells, without any intermediate stem cell step. Starting with mouse skin cells in the lab dish, they added three nerve-specific genes using viruses. According to senior author Marius Wernig, the “induced neuronal cells” are fully functional.

Success: Human Neurons From Adult Skin Cells
Washington, DC | 5/27/11

Scientists at Stanford report that they can turn human skin cells directly into functioning nerve cells in the lab dish. The process does not involve an intermediate step of forming a stem cell, but directly converts skin cells into neurons.

Adult Stem Cell Success: Cells Touted as Curing Man’s AIDS
Washington, DC | 5/18/11

The story of the “Berlin Patient”, Timothy Ray Brown, has popped up again in the news, as we approach the 30th anniversary of the discovery of HIV, the AIDS virus. The story is indeed captivating–Brown has experienced a functional cure of his AIDS due to a targeted adult stem cell transplant.

Adult Stem Cells are Treating Thousands of Patients Now
Washington, DC | 5/17/11

Stem cell research continues to move ahead. Not embryonic stem cell research, however, which relies on the destruction of young human life.

Geron Uses Dangerous Embryonic Stem Cell Derivatives Again
Washington, DC | 5/11/11

Geron has announced that the second patient has been injected with embryonic stem cell derivatives. This spinal cord injury patient was injected Saturday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Appeals Court Ignores Success of Adult Stem Cell Research
Washington, DC | 5/1/11

In a 2-1 decision, a federal Appeals Court has ruled that federal taxpayer funding can continue for human embryonic stem cell research.

First Patient Injected With Embryonic Derivatives Identified
Washington, DC | 4/12/11

The first patient to be injected with derivatives of human embryonic stem cells has been identified.

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