As someone invested in stemcells, I find this headline even more misleading than that... it may be the first for stem cells in treating ALS, but another company has had 2 phase 1 trials for stem cell treatment of neurodegenerative diseases: http://news.ucsf.edu/releases/first-stem-cell-clinical-trial-for-treating-brains-communication-highway/ StemCells, Inc. "The study is the second neural stem cell clinical trial for neurodegenerative diseases to be conducted in the United States. A Phase I trial using the same type of neural stem cells was completed in January..." (emphasis mine).
Gaura writes "If the central government has its way, India Inc will soon get more corporate honchos, straight out of top-notch B-schools along with more IIT tech grads.The Planning Commission has proposed a plan which includes setting up eight new IITs and seven new IIMs among other institutes. The government feels that increasing the number of IITs and IIMs will add to the number of executives and tech wizards that the country needs and beef up its presence in the scope of research. One point raised has been that perhaps the government should focus more on better medical schools. Another that having more IITs and IIMs will simply fritter the premium on quality that these institutes have. Can a mere increase in numbers guarantee a consistency in the quality of education imparted? Or will the move merely lower quality and dilute the prestige of these premium institutes by turning them into commonplace schools that churn out dozens of average professionals?"
Logged in users have noticed for some time the request to drink from the Slashdot Firehose. Well now we're ready to start having everybody test it out. It's partially a collaborative news system, partially a redesigned & dynamic next-generation Slashdot index. It's got a lot of really cool features, and a lot of equally annoying new problems for us to find and fix for the next few weeks. I've attached a rough draft of the FAQ to the end of this article. A quick read of it will probably answer most questions from how it works, what all the color codes mean, to what we intend to do with it.