And the chairman of their scientific advisory board, Hans Keirstead, is making some rather, um, bold claims:
Stem cells have the potential to treat every single human disease, but there's a lot that's over-pitched out there.
Oh, the irony!
Reading this, I couldn't help but recall this exchange from this episode of The Simpsons:
At the Mayo Clinic, Burns receives the results of his tests.
Burns: Well, doc, I think I did pretty well on my tests. You may
shake my hand if you like.
Doctor: Well, under the circumstances, I'd rather not.
Doctor: Mr. Burns, I'm afraid you are the sickest man in the
United States. You have everything.
Burns: You mean I have pneumonia?
Burns: Juvenile diabetes?
Burns: Hysterical pregnancy?
Doctor: Uh, a little bit, yes. You also have several diseases
that have just been discovered -- in you.
Burns: I see. You sure you haven't just made thousands of
Doctor: Uh, no, no, I'm afraid not.
Burns: This sounds like bad news.
Doctor: Well, you'd think so, but all of your diseases are in
perfect balance. Uh, if you have a moment, I can explain.
Burns: Well ... [looks at his watch]
[the Doctor puts a tiny model house door on his desk]
Doctor: Here's the door to your body, see? [bring up some small
fuzz balls with goofy faces and limbs from under the desk]
And these are oversized novelty germs. [points to a
different one up as he names each disease] That's
influenza, that's bronchitis, [holds up one] and this cute
little cuddle-bug is pancreatic cancer. Here's what
happens when they all try to get through the door at once.
[tries to cram a bunch through the model door. The
"germs" get stuck]
[Stooge-like] Woo-woo-woo-woo-woo-woo-woo! Move it,
[normal voice] We call it, "Three Stooges Syndrome."
Burns: So what you're saying is, I'm indestructible!
Doctor: Oh, no, no, in fact, even slight breeze could --
(This site has the video of said episode, but I can't get it to play.)
For the record, it's also worth reminding ourselves which types of stem cells have yielded the bests results treating disease heretofore: