Building up hype like this is only good to set yourself (and others) up for disappointment.
I too am looking forward for the new injections and article, but no exact release date was ever announced. As far as I'm concerned, I expect the article before mid-March (not saying it won't be released before that).
I've been thinking mid-February but I don't expect anything until it actually comes and I don't make my decisions on what Gary says.
February or March would be nice, if it's the news everyone is expecting
As far as I'm concerned, I expect the next injections to be very soon (as Gary said in his blog).
As I said earlier, I expect the article before mid-March. I hope the article gives us great news other than just safety. If it's only about safety and nothing better than that was observed, the total length of the trial may become a concern for many (including myself). After all, it's been almost 6 months since the first injections and if that's how much time will elapse between each injection, we're talking about a 4-year trial. I don't expect the trial to be that long though and I believe the article will be positive.
Where do you think GR gets his date/time frame estimates? Do you think he just makes them up? More likely they're coming from scientists and advisers.
The stem cell science is one thing, but all of the human interactions, schedules, and procedures required to do all the things necessary to run this show make it virtually impossible to give down-to-the-minute predictions at this time. Some of us are making the mistake of putting a hard limit on the phrase "weeks, not months", as if that means no more than 2 or 3 weeks. That's nonsense.
My real concern is that some on this board are hyping things that are not firm, date-wise, and I can already see the unrealistic bubble of expectations being over-inflated by it. How many of you expect a published peer review in NEJM before February? That is exactly what I'm talking about. The great PRs will come, but we must get beyond the litigation first.