Key Players Drive Texas Medical Board's Stem Cell Rules

When the Texas Medical Board called a stakeholder meeting in July to discuss the state’s burgeoning adult stem cell industry, it was at the behest of Gov. Rick Perry, the soon-to-be presidential hopeful who had just received an injection of his own stem cells, and of Stanley Jones, the orthopedist and biotech entrepreneur who performed Perry’s experimental procedure.

They hoped the board would establish rules that would foster the fledgling adult stem cell therapy — which is not FDA-approved and has so far had mixed evidence of success — not hinder it.

The board took another approach. In draft rules ...

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