Volume 21 Number 2
By Michelle L. Brandt
Stem cells are so small that they can't be seen with the naked eye, yet they tend to cause mass confusion and evoke the largest of responses. A U.S. senator recently called the field of study "the most promising research in health care, perhaps in the history of the world;" the U.S. Conference of Bishops, meanwhile, has branded the work "morally unacceptable." >> Read Story
Stem cell primer: Everything you wanted to know about stem cells but were afraid to ask
Taking the initiative: Meet the man behind the California ballot measure to fund stem cell research
By Amy Adams
Stanford researchers are at the epicenter of the hunt for the stem cells that underlie cancers of the blood, breast, ovaries, lung, brain and bladder, among others. >> Read Story
By Amy Adams
Everybody agrees that adult stem cells can treat diseases within their own tissues. What they can't agree on is whether adult blood-forming stem cells can repair other tissues such as the liver or heart muscle. >> Read Story
Scope: A quick look at the latest developments at Stanford University Medical Center
Here's looking at you: Researchers catch stem cells in the act
Alumni profile: Ronald Levy, the antibody hero – His research has led to therapies that help the body's immune system kill cancer cells.
Michael J. Fox: He's laughing at himself. But not at Parkinson's – The actor knows as much about the state of brain disease research as many neuroscientists.
Ron Reagan: He supports stem cell research. Would his father have? – The son of the late former president talks about his advocacy efforts.
Ask the bioethicist: Cell respect – What to do when the use of embryos in the research makes you uncomfortable.
Alumnus Tom Okarma: Stem cell harvest – A view of the controversy from the eye of the storm.
Second opinion: To be or not to be – Is a fertilized egg equivalent to a person?
Short take: Stem cells take the scenic route – If they'd only get directions, they'd make it home sooner.
Medical school recollection: Mechanically inclined – Among Jim Chandler's memories as a med student: trial-run transplant studies with young Norm Shumway.
backstory: Physician, heal thy society – Stanford
doctors take to talking politics.
Linda Hawes Clever, MD, '65
President, Stanford Medical Alumni Association
Navigating the life of a physician. >> Read Letter
Catch up on the latest news from alumni members. >> Read Story
Alumni and guests got a taste of the medical school's future at this year's reunion. >> Read Story