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Stem Cell DialoguesA Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers$
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Sheldon Krimsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167482

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.001.0001

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My Stem Cells, My Cancer

My Stem Cells, My Cancer

(p.67) Dialogue 11 My Stem Cells, My Cancer
Stem Cell Dialogues

Sheldon Krimsky

Columbia University Press

This dialogue provides a fictional account of the Senate hearing where Dr. Rebecca Franklin and genetic oncologist Dr. Arthur Cosgrove testified. Cosgrove is trying to convince Senator Brad Furst, a senior member and chairman of the oversight subcommittee of the National Cancer Institute, to add a rider to the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget that allocates $500 million for research on cancer stem cells, which Cosgrove believes will revolutionize treatments for cancer. The hearing focuses on the NIH budget as well as recent work on cancer stem cells; the promise of stem cells as a potential cure for cancer; how scientists can prove that cancer stem cells are the real thing, what they can do with this knowledge to help people with cancer, and how it will help clinical oncology treat cancer; the medical applications of stem cells; the plausibility of the cancer stem cell hypothesis; and Franklin's notion of what she calls “stem cell pluralism”.

Keywords:   stem cells, National Institutes of Health, research budget, stem cell research, cancer stem cells, cancer, clinical oncology, stem cell pluralism

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