CA organ procurement companies admit guilt in illegal body parts trafficking

Firms reach $7.8-million settlement

Two bioscience companies have reached a $7.785-million settlement with the Orange County district attorney's office over allegations that they illegally sold fetal tissue to companies around the world, prosecutors said Friday. According to the settlement signed Monday, DV Biologics LLC and sister company DaVinci Biosciences LLC, both based in Yorba Linda, must cease all … [Read more...]

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine needs more money

About 20 percent of the original $3 billion remains and talk is that the CIRM may ask for $5 billion more from the General Fund

With questionable accountability and therapy records, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) will likely soon be coming back to California coffers for another bankroll. One California lawmaker thinks the taxpayers should have a say in that. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) proposed that refunding CIRM, which sponsors research on embryonic and other stem cell … [Read more...]

President Bush’s stem-cell decision was the right one

Science has vindicated his decision to end the destruction of embryos

The following comes from an August 29 Crux article by Christopher White: Fifteen years ago this month, President George W. Bush announced he was issuing a moratorium on the future spending of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. He would later refer to this as one of the most consequential “Decision Points” (the title of his autobiography) of his … [Read more...]

Not a single medical cure obtained from fetal tissue

UCSD's Dr. Goldstein argues that research on tissue from aborted babies will cure Alzheimer's Disease; report says this isn't the case

The following comes from a July 19 CNS News article by Jeannette Richard: Fetal tissue has not been directly linked to a single medical cure in 90 years of fetal tissue research, according to an interim report by the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives of the House Energy and Commerce Committee released July 14. “Fetal tissue has been used in biomedical research … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz County Supervisors back Planned Parenthood

Greg Chaput asks for an audit of abortion provider; other supervisors wear pink ties

The following comes from an October 20 Santa Cruz Sentinel article by Samantha Clark: Embroiling themselves in the video campaign targeting Planned Parenthood, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday essentially reversed Chair Greg Caput’s proposal to ask state lawmakers to audit the reproductive health care provider that’s been in the spotlight for providing … [Read more...]

The video StemExpress did not want you to see

8th video from CMP shows Planned Parenthood partner talking payment, volume, and how to ship human brain The following comes from an August 25 email from Life Legal Defense Foundation: The Center for Medical Progress has released its eighth video on Planned Parenthood’s systematic practice of selling baby body parts. The video shows Cate Dyer, CEO of StemExpress (one of Planned Parenthood’s principal partners in the ghoulish organ … [Read more...]

StemExpress cuts ties with Planned Parenthood

Human tissue firm says it just wants to get back to work

The following comes from an August 14 Politico article by Jennifer Haberkorn: StemExpress, one of the tissue companies that works with Planned Parenthood, is cutting its ties with the women’s health organization after a series of sting videos that have prompted congressional inquiries. “We value our various partnerships but, due to the increased questions that have arisen … [Read more...]

Oops! stem cells weren’t from adults after all

Sports heroes' treatment was actually derived from brain of aborted baby

The following comes from a May 28 Christian News Wire article by Jennifer Kimball Watson: The San Diego-based biotech company, Stemedica Cell Technologies, recently received attention for providing the "adult" neural stem cells that treated two sports heroes, hockey legend Gordie Howe and football MVP John Brodie. But USA Today recently broke a story showing that the … [Read more...]

Revolving door at Calif. stem cell institute

Why can’t we be friends and share in the pork?

The following comes from a July 12 article on by John Seiler. While governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger loved to tout “public-private partnerships”; another phrase for which is “crony capitalism.” One such partnership he backed was Proposition 71 back in 2004, which allocated $3 billion to fund stem-cell research. Except that, with interest, the payback amount … [Read more...]

Adult stem cells back to embryonic state

  The following comes from a Sept. 11 story on the BBC News. The living tissue inside an animal has been regressed back into an embryonic state for the first time, Spanish researchers say. They believe it could lead to new ways of repairing the body, for example after a heart attack. However, the study published in the journal Nature, showed the technique … [Read more...]