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Stanford geneticist to lead major stem-cell grant

Original post made on Jan 30, 2014

Stanford University geneticist Michael Snyder will lead a state-funded stem-cell research project that Wednesday won $40 million to create a "Center of Excellence in Stem Cell Genomics."

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

> The 2004 ballot measure creating the stem-cell agency provided
> $3 billion in funding

It's been 10 years since this funding was authorized. Every once in a while there are articles in the papers about construction projects being paid for with taxpayer dollars--but very little can be found documenting progress in the real of "stem cell research". We were told that this $3B would open the door to all sorts of "miracle cures" during the campaign--and here we are a decade later with very little to show in terms of actual demonstrable progress.

Perhaps the researchers are keeping their progress to themselves -- but that just doesn't speak well about their commitment to transparency, or their respect for the taxpayers funding their work.

A few articles have bubbled up in the past year, or so, that the $3B is about gone, and these people are now trying to get another bond authorization on a future ballot. Given their lack of demonstrable results--this time the voters should recognize that this is not an area that public money should be used with so little oversight and results.

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Posted by It's all about the money
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm

While adult and umbilical cord stem cell research had already been proven fruitful, embryonic stem cell research was a failure when the $3 billion in funding was passed in 2004, the result of that ballot measure.

Back then, supporters and signers claimed that Alzheimer's sufferers would be helped, by the research. But they knew it would not. They knew Alzheimer's is a whole brain disorder. No amount of any kind of stem cells would help it. They only admitted to it, when asked in public at non-biased forums, prior to the election. But their advertising remained incorrect.

I still object to this 2004 measure being misrepresented to the voting public, and on purpose. This is about the money. I think of these researchers like our own high-profile and greedy developers. Students are caught in-between.