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Stem Cells: Biology, Bioethics, and Policy is the subject of a Goldfarb Center talk at Colby College at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, in Room 1 of the Olin Science Center. Amidst an ongoing national controversy over embryonic stem cell research, Fred Gage, Ph.D., a researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, will explain what stems cells are and explore the ethical and political implications of their use. The public is invited to attend.
While current federal laws regarding the use of stem cells restrict research, Gage and his team work in California, where, in November, voters backed a ballot initiative to spend $3 billion for studies. His work may lead to methods of replacing brain tissue lost to stroke or Alzheimer’s disease and ways of repairing spinal cords damaged by trauma.
The recipient of a number of awards including the Christopher Reeve Research Medal, Gage was named a “Time 100 Innovator” for his research showing that, contrary to the dogma of many years’ standing, human beings are capable of growing new nerve cells throughout life. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University.
The program is offered by Colby’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, which connects teaching and research with contemporary political, economic and social issues. For more information about the Goldfarb Center, please visit www.colby.edu/goldfarbcenter.