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November 2, 2011

Stem Cells: Scientific Facts and Fiction

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Author Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam (

JAMA. 2011;306(17):1927. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1594

Developed countries are blessed with good health care, yet they are powerless in dealing with many debilitating diseases and traumatic injuries. Societies are hoping for solutions, and scientists and clinicians are betting on stem cells as the future of regenerative medicine, with their potential to aid in treatment of chronic diseases such as Parkinson disease, diabetes, heart diseases, and spinal cord injuries. Stem cell research is forging ahead at great speed—but are researchers ready to harness the potential of stem cells or are they opening a Pandora's box of unknown consequences? Media reports and the Internet can confuse the public by reporting a mixture of fact and fiction.

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