While removing your pet mouse from the cage, he drops to the floor and breaks his spine. Don't worry! In an article published today, researchers showed that StemCells'
What? You're not interested in spending thousands of dollars to save your pet? I'm guessing there's a very limited market for the currently proven use of this technology.
All kidding aside, I'm fully behind doing these types of experiments. You have to start somewhere; I used to study DNA repair in yeast in the hopes it would translate into a cure for cancer somewhere down the line. And the fact that the stem cells were transplanted 30 days after the injury is impressive.
My beef is with investors who read too much into these types of reports. We're a long way off from having a cure in humans. Geron
The euphoria has subsided a little with shares up just 13% as I write this. That's a little more reasonable, but just remember you're essentially buying a lottery ticket investing in this or any other unproven early stage technology. The payoff will certainly be huge if the technology pans out, but there's also a serious chance you'll lose your shirt.
A less-risky way to get involved with stem cell research is to invest in companies where that research isn't the main focus. The returns won't be as great, but if Pfizer's
Another approach is to invest in companies such as Life Technologies
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Fool contributor Brian Orelli, Ph.D., doesn't own shares of any company mentioned in this article. Pfizer is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. GlaxoSmithKline is a Motley Fool Global Gains pick. The Fool owns shares of GlaxoSmithKline and has a disclosure policy.