This was a busy week for me working on a grant due Friday and a bunch of other stuff including happily analyzing a bunch of data, but there were tons of interesting papers recently including on pluripotency.
California stem cell clinic court case on in the background
Along the way this week I was occasionally trying to listen in on the federal district court trial here in California. It is US vs. California Stem Cell Treatment Center, Cell Surgical Network, et al. I myself briefly testified in this trial last week.
I’m hoping to write up the experience of testifying and watching the trial in the next week or so if I have time.
This is a crucial case.
It in part tests the FDA’s authority to regulate stem cells as drugs, mainly related to their use by stem cell clinics. A Florida stem cell clinic case that in my view shares some similarities with the California one (e.g. with ‘fat stem cell’-related products at the heart of it) was decided in 2019 in the FDA’s favor. It is pending appeal.