My past came back to haunt me today. I was an eager attendee of the 2006 International Symposium: Stem Cell Symposium, which was organized by the Women?s Technology Cluster, a business incubator in San Francisco. I had no idea that salamanders would enter the discussions of differentiation and deals. But, as fate would have it, the amphibious creatures served as prime evidence of the possibilities and potential of regenerative medicine. These are the same animals that my friend in fourth grade, Christine, decided to steal from the science lab. She told me that she had brought the two salamanders from home. Young and innocent, I actually believed her. Had I been less gullible I would have immediately reported the theft before she had the chance to handle them roughly: they soon became ill.On the other hand, the heavy burden of guilt now feels somewhat lighter. The luncheon keynote speaker, Susan...

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