All three newscasts gazed into the hi-tech future. NBC's George Lewis offered free publicity to Google's fleet of seven robotically controled driverless cars. He reported that one has even driven on public highways, 350 miles down the coast from Silicon Valley to Santa Monica. CBS' John Blackstone showed us that same Stanford-based experiment in April.
CBS and ABC looked at biotech instead as the Shepherd Center in Atlanta began clinical trials of Geron Corporation's spinal cord experiment. The plan is to inject embryonic stem cells into the spines of ten newly-paralyzed patients over the next two years. The cells worked in Geron's laboratories, CBS' in-house physician Jon LaPook told us: "Paralyzed rats stand up and walk." Cautioned ABC's David Wright: "The company is playing down expectations for the human trial."
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