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    Now I understand why Dr. Edward Wirth left Geron six weeks ago to join InVivo Therapeutics as Chief Science Officer. When this was announced I was shocked that he would leave right in the middle of the clinical trial but in reality it wasn't the middle it was the end. I'm very disappointed but I hope Dr. Wirth will continue his research at InVivo.

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    I don't really see this as a bad thing for anyone with a chronic injury. This treatment has nothing to do with us. Its bad news for society in general but nothing to get upset about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NowhereMan View Post
    I don't really see this as a bad thing for anyone with a chronic injury. This treatment has nothing to do with us. Its bad news for society in general but nothing to get upset about.
    Word. They at least proved (so far) that esc's are safe.
    This was never going to help chronics directly.

    There is still very promising work going on.

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15740133

    Joanna Knott, Co-Founder and Chair of SpinalCure Australia said: "This is incredibly sad and frustrating news for people with spinal injuries and their families. It is devastating for those people who will have a spinal injury and may as a result of this research been cured.
    Daniel Heumann, who is on the board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, was more forthright in The Washington Post online which reported him as saying: "I'm disgusted. It makes me sick. To get people's hopes up and then do this for financial reasons is despicable. They're treating us like lab rats."
    John Martin, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at University College London said: "The Geron trial had no real chance of success because of the design and the disease targeted. It was an intrinsically flawed study. And for that reasons we should not be describing this as a set back.
    Josephine Quintavalle from the group Comment on Reproductive Ethics said: "At long last after 10 years of unremitting hype, reality has caught up with embryonic stem cell claims. If Geron is abandoning this project it is because it is simply not working, despite the millions of dollars and hot air that has been invested in the promotion of this research."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duran View Post
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15740133

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    Josephine Quintavalle from the group Comment on Reproductive Ethics said: "At long last after 10 years of unremitting hype, reality has caught up with embryonic stem cell claims. If Geron is abandoning this project it is because it is simply not working, despite the millions of dollars and hot air that has been invested in the promotion of this research."

    Comment on Reproductive Ethics is a bunch of right-to-life religious nutjobs. I wouldn't take anything they say seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KofQ View Post
    Comment on Reproductive Ethics is a bunch of right-to-life religious nutjobs. I wouldn't take anything they say seriously.
    True. Intelligent, knowledgable people wouldn't. But unfortunately the end of the Geron trial has played beautifully into this group's hype. People who don't know much about stem cells could easily believe them. This is bad in the court of public opinion.

    Dr Young has worked so hard on all fronts, from guiding the specific therapies to be used, to fund raising, to enlisting support from talented medical specialists, to publicity. Setbacks like this Geron news aren't necessarily bad from a medical standpoint because something has been advanced and learned. But for the outside world, it casts a bad shadow on stem cell research. This is what theraputic progress has to recover from, but I believe it will. Those dedicated to success, like Drs Young and Wirth and many others will forge on. And we will cheer them on.

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    i think we've seen this before, promising sci research jump to another disorder

    i am glad dr. wirth went to invivo, him and frank are a good match

    imo we will benifit from geron and my guess is they can prove themselves or product faster and cheaper in cancer

    would love to hear dr. keirsteads thoughts
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    maybe 2012 will come, so ceo of geron saled the trial to buy ship ticket.

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    Let's hope most of the data will go to Dr Kierstad at UC Irvine stem cell center and other
    stem cell centers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    i think we've seen this before, promising sci research jump to another disorder

    i am glad dr. wirth went to invivo, him and frank are a good match

    imo we will benifit from geron and my guess is they can prove themselves or product faster and cheaper in cancer

    would love to hear dr. keirsteads thoughts
    Here you go Leo...

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