A Tribute to Unemployed Stem Cell Scientists
Posted: 12/ 1/11 10:37 AM ET

Tuesday, November 29th, my paralyzed son Roman Reed and I attended the farewell party of the Geron stem cell research department.

Roman squeezed his wheelchair in beside Chief Scientist Jane Lebkowski, Joe Gold, sixteen years at Geron, and Kate Spink, who had organized the world's first human trials with embryonic stem cells.

It was a roomful of giants: 66 of the world's best stem cell research scientists and technicians. They had succeeded in the initial stage of the world's first human embryonic stem cell trials. These were safety trials for GRNOPC1, a stem cell product which might ease previously-incurable spinal cord injury paralysis -- they should have been lauded as heroes -- instead they were losing their jobs.