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Correcting the Hype One Company at a Time

In this Forbes Q&A, Matthew Herper interviews James Thomson, who's recently started his own company, Cellular Dynamics International, which is focused on testing experimental drugs for heart side effects. Rather than cave into the hype surrounding regenerative medicine, he sees much bigger opportunities for stem cells as a research tool and in drug discovery. "It's hard to predict the future, but my guess is 20 years from now if you look backwards, 90 percent of the value of these cells will be in things that don't make the front pages. It will be things like drug screening, which is kind of boring, but it does get drugs to market that are safer and faster," he says.

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.