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Medical News and Perspectives
December 6, 2006

Scientists, Ethicists Ponder Challenges in Moving Stem Cell Research Forward

JAMA. 2006;296(21):2542-2543. doi:10.1001/jama.296.21.2542

New York—Rarely does an advance in scientific research have a major impact on medicine, ethics, religion, economics, and politics, but “the derivation of embryonic stem cells certainly has had such an effect even before much has been demonstrated with them,” said John Gearhart, PhD, a pioneer in stem cell research.

Gearhart, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, recently discussed the difficulties and potential solutions to supporting embryonic stem cell research with other scientists, advocates, and international policy leaders from the United States and the United Kingdom, as part of a public policy panel hosted by the not-for-profit New York Stem Cell Foundation. “Enormous” scientific and medical challenges confront scientists who hope to realize the therapeutic potential of embryonic stem cells, according to Gearhart.

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