New stem cell laboratories have been constructed in the UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) that will soon be home to some of the brightest minds of stem cell research. This is a bustling laboratory which has over two hundred scientists working night and day on the puzzle of the Stem Cell – as they study various cancers in order to ascertain the root of the problem. The medical professionals are hoping to fill the new, empty corner of their offices with a stem cell specialist and a team of researchers who can tackle this age old issue. Their main concern is to beat off competition from Universities such as Harvard.
There are only seven stem cell research facilities in the state of California, with this centre providing a virtual oasis for the brightest minds of this burgeoning field. The ideal clinical research associate will have to work on a number of stem cell related projects, such as adult, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells (this batch is a series of reverse engineered adult stem cells that have been turned into embryonic ones).
Some of the research being conducted is by Dr. David Rowitch, who has been lucky enough to pull together a crack team that will be leading the second ever clinical trial with human neural stem cells. They will be injecting their engineered stem cells back into the brains of children who are suffering with various forms of cancer. This particular version of cancer is exceedingly rare and the regulatory affairs manager states that only ten children in the United States are currently suffering from it. Despite this, Dr. Rowitch is adamant that a breakthrough could be possible – in a final statement he indicated that despite there being so many brilliant minds hard at work in finding a cure, stem cell research success could still be decades away in the makings.