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    Simply the best place to take stem cells is from a furtilized egg that has differentiated enough in vitro (in a test tube), but is not implanted.  These cells can then be separated and differentiated to several different cell types.  That is the controversy. 
    The real challenge is to put in the right ‘things’ that help these cells turn into kidney, lung, liver, neurons, etc. 

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    Bush restricted the use of embryonic stem cells to about 60 (the entry below from wiki says 21) cell lines, and there were problems with many of those cell lines. Whether the federal government is funding stem cell research is one issue, but if it is, then I believe it should fund it across the board and allow the scientists doing the research to decide which cells they are going to use.  

    This is from Wikipedia:   President Bush announced, on August 9, 2001 that federal funds, for the first time, would be made available for hESC research on currently existing embryonic stem cell lines. President Bush authorized research on existing human embryonic stem cell lines, not on human embryos under a specific, unrealistic timeline in which the stem cell lines must have been developed. However, the Bush Administration chose not to permit taxpayer funding for research on hESC cell lines not currently in existence, thus limiting federal funding to research in which "the life-and-death decision has already been made".[34] The Bush Administration’s guidelines differ from the Clinton Administration guidelines which did not distinguish between currently existing and not-yet-existing hESC. Both the Bush and Clinton guidelines agree that the federal government should not fund hESC research that directly destroys embryos…

    [edit]U.S. Congressional response

    In April 2004, 206 members of Congress signed a letter urging President Bush to expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research beyond what Bush had already supported.

    In May 2005, the House of Representatives voted 238-194 to loosen the limitations on federally funded embryonic stem-cell research — by allowing government-funded research on surplus frozen embryos from in vitro fertilization clinics to be used for stem cell research with the permission of donors — despite Bush’s promise to veto the bill if passed.[36] On July 29, 2005, Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist (R-TN), announced that he too favored loosening restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

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    Okay, that was weird – I now see all the attempted posts that didn’t show up last night, so I deleted the excess ones.

    Questions for Pharmboy:

    1) Will removing the ban help researchers now – i.e. will many choose to work with previously disallowed cell lines?
    2) I was going to ask if there are any interesting investments in any of these areas currently that you know of off-hand? (Not a research assignment, just in general).
    3) My feeling with stem cells – and this is just hypothetical since I’ve never worked with them or even read much about the details – is that the more genetic manipulation involved in getting the cells to where you want them, from their original state, the more problems and unforeseen events to go wrong. Is that true in practice? Is there any preference for not using long-standing cell lines that have been in existence for a long time?



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    I can’t post the material but here’s the link: (starting at orgins, about 2/3s down the page).

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    Regarding the "Ban Lifted on Federal Funding of Stem Cell Research"; it would be nice to remove politics from news reporting.
      The Bush administration has been funding stem cell research on existing lines of embryonic stem cells and unlimited lines on adult stem cells.  Despite what the MSM states there has been tremendous progress on the research in the past decade.  I refer you to a CNN article from 2001

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    Ilene – to answer your questions:
    1.  I believe so, although I am not a law expert.
    2.  There are at least a half dozen companies focused on the stem cell arena, but this is an area I know little about.  Without researching the science (most of it is proprietary), it would be hard to give them a fair shake.  Any company can say they have ‘cured’ something in a rat, mouse, etc, but until they get proof in humans, it is all pie in the sky.  To me, the companies are so early in the game, much like DNA/RNA companies of 20 or so years ago where things are just starting to come out to the market e.g., ISIS.  I think what WILL explode in the coming years is medical devices and testing.  The DNA/RNA is getting smaller, faster and less expensive, so Dr.s will be able to run a simple test and know what is going on within minutes while in the office.  Cutting out the lab services companies.  I think I have noted it before on the site – anything that gets reimbursement my medicare/medicaid will do well, b’c Dr.s can charge against it and get incremental revenue.
    3.  Again, I am not an expert, so I can see things go wrong where a liver is growing in the brain, etc.  I believe though one the cells have moved down a path, then it would be very hard for them to change their course.  As for long standing cell lines, from my experience, I have used cells that have been frozen in liquid Nitrogen for > 7 yrs, and they are fine to bring out again.  Supposedly the cells will last for many, many more beyond that, so I don’t see a problem for time.  # of passages yes (by passages I mean the number of times the cells are split into new cells) but don’t know how many it is too many.

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    We may get a better re-entry on those in any case…I think the target by earnings remains the same…

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    Nice: Mafia is now Italy's #1 Bank.

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    From global news:
    There has been a refitting of the S&P GSC index (Goldman Sachs Commodity Index).
    This is what has made the WTI market so treacherous of late. In the rebalancing,
    WTI will fall to 30.25% of weight from 32.59%. Brent on the other hand shall rise t
    o 17.35% from 15.9%. We are talking billions of dollar in position changes without m
    uch concern for who is in the way.

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    CMG- Phil, you outlined a trade earlier this morning for Yodi- sell Jan 345 calls and buy Mar put spread 320/300.
    You indicated net .10 on the total spread but also indicated "no margin". Not disagreeing on the trade but my screen does not indicate that. What am I missing?


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Assange's new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment


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Assange’s new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment

Courtesy of Ofer Raban, University of Oregon

Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life.

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Brexit Joke - Cant be serious all the time

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Alistair Williams comedian nails it, thank god for good humour! Prime Minister May the negotiator. Not!

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Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream - the battle is on to bring them under global control


Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream – the battle is on to bring them under global control

The high seas are getting lower. dianemeise

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DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

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DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

A map of DNA with the double helix colored blue, the landmarks in green, and the start points for copying the molecule in red. David Gilbert/Kyle Klein, CC BY-ND

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More Examples Of "Typical Tesla "wise-guy scamminess"

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Stanphyl Capital’s letter to investors for the month of March 2019.

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For March 2019 the fund was up approximately 5.5% net of all fees and expenses. By way of comparison, the S&P 500 was up approximately 1.9% while the Russell 2000 was down approximately 2.1%. Year-to-date 2019 the fund is up approximately 12.8% while the S&P 500 is up approximately 13.6% and the ...

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Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

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Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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