Human Exceptionalism

Rough Seas Continue at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Another big resignation at the CIRM. This time, the head science officer. From the story:

The top scientific officer at California’s stem cell agency has resigned, effective Oct. 31. Arlene Chiu, interim chief scientific officer since April, made the announcement in a letter sent earlier this week to the agency’s oversight board. During her tenure, Chiu directed the scientific review of applications for funding, and led the team that crafted the stem cell agency’s long-term research agenda…

Chiu joined the agency in 2005 as director of scientific activities. She became the top scientific officer following the resignation of Zach Hall, who also served as president.

The grants taken from the hides of California taxpayers (including me), will continue of course. But for some reason, the atmosphere of the CIRM does not seem conducive to keeping its top people. Someday, a book may be written.