Hype, now come on, have you been asleep in Western culture? What is the true value of gold? Talk about hype and there you have a good case of it. What would the value of diamonds be without hype? It is just a hard mineral with pure carbon-carbon bonds or coal put under extreme heat and pressure; it is a good cutting tool. What would the value of most sports be really without the hype that so many buy into daily? Biologists have known the value of hESCs for years, but the "pseudo-hype" or religious hype killed the value, even though many of the same folk who opposed the use of frozen embryos, turned a blind-eye toward collateral damage,or the killing of innocent women and children. The technology that Geron holds is quite valuable, but it has to be in hands of an entity with the financial resources to bring it into the realm of truth.
I agree with you. It is hard to believe that Tefferi would be announcing a failure. The question is: Is this Nobel Prise quality, or just a promising result? I am surprised that nothing seems to have leaked out from Mayo. If it were a huge breakthrough, I think the news would be out by now. It looks like something worthwhile, but not earth-shaking.