Lots in the papers this morning about the US company, Geron, halting its stem cell study on spinal cord injury. I thought I would share this coverage from the Washington Post. Geron's decision highlights a lot of interesting issues around science funding.. ..the long-term nature of science ...the difficulties for the private sector in keeping … Continue reading Washington Post coverage of Geron halting its stem cell trial on spinal cord injury
Just thought this was an excellent piece by Nigel Hawkes in the Guardian online which takes stock of where we are with stem cell research. I like the fact that he interweaves the story of the science with that of the public debate that has accompanied it. Worth reading.
This from The Guardian /Observer stable in the early hours of Sunday with a quote from the Science Minister, David Willetts MP. The article says the centre is likely to be located in the South East (Sandwich perhaps where Pfizer recently closed it's facility?). £30 million of funding from a mix of public and private … Continue reading New stem cell centre in the UK announced
Today's MS stem cell story is running on the front page of today's hard copy edition of the London Evening Standard because of the strong London connection. So I thought I'd post it here. Well done to colleagues at the MS Society who have helped fund this work. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23974245-new-stem-cell-treatment-hope-for-ms-sufferers.do
Tomorrow is Budget day. Having just finished AMRC's own budget and business plan for 2011-2012 all I can say is: George you know where I am if you want to crunch some last minute numbers? The Financial Times is reporting today that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will announce a £100million cash injection for capital … Continue reading Science and the budget, peer review and a spot of crowd-sourcing
To find out which AMRC member charities collected the prizes at our Science Communication Awards event last night please go to our website. Congratulations to them all on behalf of AMRC, our excellent judges and sponsors! And time permits me to also briefly mention the review which has appeared on BioNews of our stem cell … Continue reading And the prize goes to..AMRC announces 2011 Science Communication Award winners
Over the holidays I caught a BBC Radio 4 item about the days of the touch typist. It was one of those gems of broadcasting which looked through a narrow lens to tell the listener much about how the world has changed. It also brought back many memories of my time as a messenger at the old … Continue reading Getting touchy over the information revolution