In the name of full disclosure, that's the center that cured my mother's lymphoma, so let's just say I'm a fan.
Two interesting reports today discuss the relationship between basic research and the kind of translational research that is the most visible sign of progress toward cures.
In his blog, the director of the bay area biotech collaborative QB3 Regis Kelly writes about public speakers at the Translational Medicine Alliance speaking out against basic research. He says:
One amazing aspect of living in the era of social media is the incredible way information spreads. A butterfly batting its little orange wings in a monarch grove in Santa Cruz could influence a tweet of a blogger heard 'round the world.
The past few days have sent the blogosphere -- especially the anti-embryonic stem cell blogosphere -- abuzz over a story by the Associated Press with the headline "Adult Stem Cell Research Far Ahead of Embryonic."