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Nowrasteh Letter in the San Francisco Chronicle
November 29, 2007

Editor - Jesse Reynolds' "Undue influence at the stem cell institute" (Nov. 29) rightly decries the lack of public oversight at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. But the recent scandal there, where hundreds of thousands of dollars were misappropriated, is a systematic problem of government financial support for medical research and not an aberration.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a barometer of the success of publicly funded medical research. Unfortunately, the NIH has produced more scandals than medical breakthroughs.

Despite what you think of the morality of using stem cells for medical research, the value of it cannot be discovered in such an environment. When the government gets out of stem cell research, we'll see its full potential blossom.