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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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(p.1) Dialogue 1 Hope
Stem Cell Dialogues

Sheldon Krimsky

Columbia University Press

In this dialogue, Samuel Franklin, a sixty-six-year-old retired contractor suffering from thoracic spinal cord injury, and his daughter Rebecca are having a conversation about the promise of stem cells, particularly in their potential to repair damaged cells, such as nerve cells. Embryonic stem cells, found in early human embryos, can be used to regenerate any cells or tissues in the body that have been damaged or destroyed. Samuel and Rebecca also talk about restrictions on using embryonic stem cells, citing the government policy allowing only certain cell lines; the Food and Drug Administration's approval for the first clinical trial, where stem cells will be used to treat spinal cord injury; and the importance of hope in sustaining and propelling scientific inquiry toward success.

Keywords:   spinal cord injury, stem cells, damaged cells, nerve cells, embryonic stem cells, human embryo, cell lines, Food and Drug Administration, clinical trials

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