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October 10, 2012
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  • Nobel laureate warns against unproven stem cell treatments
    A growing number of clinics and hospitals worldwide are offering unproven and potentially dangerous stem cell therapies to treat diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, spinal cord injuries and other ailments, and Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka warned consumers away from these unproven treatments. "If there are no preclinical data in the efficiency and safety of the procedure ... it could be very dangerous," he said. Yamanaka and John Gurdon share this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work on induced pluripotent stem cells. Reuters (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Health Care & Policy 
  • Researchers see promise in use of iPS cells for macular degeneration
    An experimental therapy based on the use of skin cell-derived induced pluripotent stem cells has the potential to treat macular degeneration in people, according to a study published in Molecular Medicine. "With eye diseases, I think we're getting close to a scenario where a patient's own skin cells are used to replace retina cells destroyed by disease or degeneration," said Dr. Stephen Tsang of Columbia University Medical Center. United Press International (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company & Financial News 
  • Maker of personalized wrinkle therapy pulls in $45M in stock sale
    Fibrocell Science, which developed the first FDA-approved personalized cell therapy for wrinkle reduction, secured $45 million in a private stock sale. The maker of Laviv will use the money to upgrade its production capacity and to develop other applications for the treatment, including as a therapy for burn scars. MedCityNews.com (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food & Agriculture 
  • Over 30 newspapers urge Californians to reject biotech labeling law
    More than 30 daily newspapers in California, including the state's largest, have urged their readers to vote "no" on the Proposition 37 biotech labeling law. "Prop 37 could add to food costs for consumers, hurt small businesses and create yet another avenue for costly litigation," according to an editorial in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. PorkNetwork.com (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Brazilian pulp company to enter biofuels sector
    Brazilian pulp and paper company Fibria Celulose plans to start making biofuels from forestry assets to lessen its reliance on pulp production, which accounted for about 94% of revenue in 2011, CEO Marcelo Castelli said. The company, in partnership with U.S.-based Ensyn Corp., expects to open a wood-to-fuel plant in Brazil in 2015. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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