U of Minn. professors clash with stem-cell company

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 13, 2012 - 9:39 AM

Ethicists' call for an FDA investigation prompts an angry letter to the university president.

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elmore1Mar. 13, 1212:27 AM

The U Regents could use some consulting from the ethicists around pay practices and tuition.

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palsarMar. 13, 12 7:54 AM

"It also noted that one of Celltex's supporters is Texas Gov. Rick Perry..." -- Now we know the real reason for the criticism.

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alicedregerMar. 13, 12 8:19 AM

This is what academic bioethics (especially at a state university) should look like: vigorous defense of the rights of patients. The work of Elliott and Turner makes me proud of the time I served as faculty in History of Science at UMN. Their good work makes me miss Minnesota even more. Alice Dreger, PhD Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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notsidMar. 13, 12 8:42 AM

Come on kids, either the product in question had FDA approval before it was sold or it did not. That would seem to be a rather black and white question to me. Either the professors have a valid point based on that reality or they do not.

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gourmetboyMar. 13, 12 8:44 AM

The fact that Doc Elliot wrote a piece for Slate instead of a legitimate, peer reviewed publication speaks volumes to his politics. But, Slate?!?!?! I'm rollin' on the floor here...

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smellycat6sMar. 13, 12 9:14 AM

How did I know before I finished this article, that Governor Rick Perry was a supporter of this company even after all of the controversy by the GOP against stem cell research? I smell a rat.

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drekonjaMar. 13, 12 9:45 AM

@gourmetboy- academics can and do also write for non-academic outlets. Atul Gawande writes books, New Yorker essays, and research articles in prominent journals. You don't need to only publish in one type of outlet. Academic journals have a great strength in that they are peer-reviewed (some more than others), but this is also a limitation, particularly if something is time-sensitive-- the fastest type of academic publication, a letter-to-the-editor, still takes weeks to months at most journals, from the time it is submitted to the time it appears in press. Also, for reaching the masses, sometimes the non-academic press works better. Seems to have done so in this case.

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leiniesguyMar. 13, 12 9:51 AM

Very poor article by Lerner, she should have gotten her facts right regarding cell therapy treatments before she wrote this. Sounds to me like the so-called ethicist has sour grapes for not being hired by industry. The ethicist has enough work to do within the University. Why dont you do your job?

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cmacmillanMar. 13, 1211:12 AM

@Leiniesguy... so enlighten us. What do you believe is incorrect in the article related to stem cell therapy?

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meegwichMar. 13, 1211:42 AM

The biggest indicator of credibility or I should say lack of... is...the fact that neither Celltex nor their attorneys would respond to information requests. That's always the first red flag that it's nothing more than a smoke and mirror's job of bluff....Hopefully the "U" will do the right thing and stand up for the professors against this charade.

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