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Rep. Larry Miller dies, made his illness a cause for science

Rep. Lawrence G. Miller, R-Stratford, died Sunday after a battle with cancer, one that Miller discussed a decade ago in advocating support for stem cell research and again in 2011 when he backed an effort to bank umbilical cord blood. An active Catholic, he said the Church was wrong in opposing embryonic stem cell research. Continue Reading →

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Committee shaping plan to collect life-saving umbilical cord blood

Hoping to collect a wider variety of potentially life-saving stem cells, a state committee wants to launch a public umbilical-cord blood collection program by the end of the year. Under the plan, Connecticut mothers who have just delivered babies could opt to donate their post-birth umbilical cord and placenta to a public blood bank. The donated cord blood, which is rich with stem cells, could be extracted and then transplanted into someone with a deadly disease, possibly saving that person’s life. Cord blood transplants have been used to treat bone marrow cancers, such as leukemia and multi myeloma; and genetic diseases, such as sickle cell anemia. Similar to a blood drive, donors would not get any direct benefit from the donation except perhaps the satisfaction of helping someone. “It’s an altruistic thing to do,” said Dr. Edward Snyder, professor of lab medicine at Yale University. He is chairman of the Connecticut Cord Blood Collection Program Committee, which is developing the program. Continue Reading →

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Stem cells, law and politics at Yale

NEW HAVEN — Science and politics met awkwardly Thursday afternoon at a Yale forum on stem cell research promoted by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s campaign for U.S. Senate. Blumenthal told scientists and research advocates that he would do whatever he could as attorney general and a potential senator to reverse a judge’s ruling that halts federally funded embryonic stem-cell research. “It needlessly and irresponsibly injected politics into science, and cut off federal funding for one of the most promising fields of medical advancement,” Blumenthal said. Richard Blumenthal, Haifan Lin listen to Laura Grabel at Yale. (Mark Pazniokas)

Mindful that a tax-exempt university cannot promote a political candidate, Yale’s general counsel monitored the forum to ensure that Blumenthal focused on public policy, not his campaign. Continue Reading →

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