CIRM

Will They Renew?

As the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine runs out of funds, NPR asks whether states will again fund stem cell research.

The grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine will fund research on two approaches to DMD gene therapy using CRISPR/Cas9.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Sangamo BioSciences today said that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has awarded $5.6 million grant to researchers at City of Hope to develop an HIV/AIDS therapeutic based on Sangamo's zinc finger nuclease genome editing technology.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A review panel at the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) this week will decide whether to approve $40 million to fund several proposals to launch new research centers that would use genomics to pursue human biology, disease, and therapeutics studies.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Stem cell developer Cellular Dynamics (CDI) will open a new facility within the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, in Novato, Calif., under a new five-year lease.

One award will be used to create methods of identifying potentially cancer-causing or other detrimental mutations in induced pluripotent stem cells, and the other will be used to conduct research into a group of genetic diseases.

Under the deal, BioTime will provide research-grade and GMP-grade cell lines to researchers in California.

Robert Wechsler-Reya would receive the first funding under the $44 million Leadership Award program of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine if he finalizes an agreement by the end of June to move his laboratory and research in neural development and cancer stem cells to the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.

Leaders from TEDCO and CIRM agreed Monday to collaborate on conducting research and pursuing grant funding from state and federal sources in hopes of increasing their ability to compete with other top-tier states for researchers and their grant money.

The institute said it expects in October to receive an initial score for its $15M ARRA grant application to build the second of two buildings, a 65,708-square-foot second research facility, but the building could also be built through a new bond of up to $80 million.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.