President Bush has limited stem cell research to cell lines created before August 2001. Now, UC San Diego and the Salk institute for Biological Studies report that all those lines are almost certain to be rejected by human bodies if they-re ever transplanted for medical purposes. But what-s bad for Bush may be good for California and its new $3 billion stem cell industry, created by voters last November. We talk to Professor Ajit Varki, the study's lead author, and to Proposition 71 author Bob Klein, who now chairs the Independent Citizens- Committee which will oversee stem cell research at the newly created California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
- Making News: Counting the Homeless
How many homeless people are there in Los Angeles County? Starting tomorrow night, county officials plan to find out, as more than 1000 volunteers-and homeless people paid $10 an hour-will start counting. Mitchell Netburn, executive director of the Homeless Services Authority, has more on the biggest homeless census ever attempted.
- Reporter's Notebook: Legend Johnny Carson Dies
As most of the world knows, Johnny Carson died in Malibu yesterday of emphysema at the age of 79. Carson, who hosted the Tonight Show for 30 years until his retirement in1992, is being hailed as more than an entertainer and one of the most powerful figures in the history of TV as we hear from television historian Robert Thompson.
LAHSA report, Homelessness in LA
UCSD on contamination of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines
President Bush on stem cell research
Nature Medicine article on contamination of existing stem cell lines